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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Now what?

John Boehner and his merry band of Tea Partiers have now fulfilled their symbolic campaign pledge to repeal "Obamacare." But we still have no clue what they have in mind to deal with the real world problems of cost and access to care.

The PR types niftily labeled the bill the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." Always better with hyperbole than action, we heard the same fallacious harangues about the law than over the last two years, albeit with GOP leaders showing some sensitivity to recent events in Tucson. Take, for example Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson:
“The takeover will cripple small businesses,’’ Wilson said in a steady voice. “The liberal health care takeover destroys jobs, limits freedoms, and expands big government.’’
Proof? Well, as best as we can determine the Republicans answer is telling the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office "you lie" when it came up with a report that said the reforms will lower the federal deficit while, at best the impact on jobs is "difficult to predict."

So now the party that brought you death panels in place of a rational discussion of end-of-life care, says it wants to toss the law on the scrap heap and start all over again. Like every recent Republican initiative, it is all for show.

We begin with the fact the measure has little likelihood to surface in the Senate and even if it that should happen, yesterday's House vote shows there is a huge distance to a two-thirds majority needed to override a guaranteed veto. And you know you can't get a two-thirds majority in the Senate for anything more significant than a hall pass.

In all the GOP sturm und drang I have yet to see a reasoned and reasonable alternative to the current system that truly is running up the deficit and killing jobs.

A real GOP solution would be a much better symbol of civility that reining in Joe Wilson. But I don't plan to hold my breath waiting for it. I'm probably not covered for the health problems that would cause.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Health care should be managed by each individual state. Liberals in Mass can come up with their solution, those in Miss can come up with theirs. Healthy Mormons in Utah (no smoking/drinking)shouldn't have the same system as deep fried turkey, tobacco chewing good ol boys in Ala. Mass can pay for abortions, W Vir doesn't have to.

January 20, 2011 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saying that each state should come up with their own plan, is just an attempt to implement divide and conquer on any kind of health insurance reform. If 50 states are fighting each other to reform or not, little or nothing will be accomplished. Just because different regions of the country have different health issues, does not mean that the mechanism for most effective insurance coverage reform should be different.

January 20, 2011 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the most effective reform is for the Federal government to decide what is in a one size fits all plan, and force you to buy it?
What if you believe in homeopathic medicine, should it be covered?

January 20, 2011 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a quick fix that could be passed in a week. Tort reform. No doctor wants to make a mistake, but if they do noone is worth more than a million dead. Malpractice costs come down, unneccesary testing will come down(they call for extra tests so they won't be sued). Just pass this one thing and see if it helps, it can be a start. Expose the lawyers as one of the problems in the health care problem.

January 21, 2011 5:02 AM  

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