IS THE GOP’S “PATIENTS’ CHOICE ACT” BETTER THAN OBAMACARE?…

Posted on June 18, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

Obama is no longer content to ruling over GM and the banking industry.  Now he wants to be in control of healthcare.  If the Republicans are really serious about trying to establish a good argument against Obama’s sham of a healthcare plan, they need to communicate their views more astutely and boisterously.  With past Obama blunders, they voiced their displeasure in muffled tones so as not to "offend" the majority.  This type of behavior is part of what caused them to lose the election.  They all need to grow a…well, a backbone.  Everyone knows that the Democrats are the kings when it comes to playing dirty politics, as evidenced by the 2008 election where the Democrats bought the presidency for their puppet du jour, Obama.  The Republicans need to fight fire with fire, and bring their version of a healthcare plan front and center. 
 

The opposition that Obama faces became clearer recently when Republicans in Congress rejected his plan outright, and some Democrats also expressed scepticism.  The American Medical Association also came out in opposition and less surprisingly, so did private insurance companies.  Doctors, insurance companies and others involved in healthcare met Obama at the White House recently, and had appeared to agree to compromise.  The AMA, in comments to the Senate, said a public health insurance option would lead to an explosion in costs.  They stated that the introduction of a new public plan would threaten to restrict patient choice by driving out private insurers, which currently provides coverage for nearly 70% of Americans, and they are right.   

Obama has the support of most of the Democratic party because they’re still peeved that the Republicans nixed Hillary Clinton’s universal healthcare plan in 1993.  It’s a fact that presidents have been trying to reform the health system going back to Theodore Roosevelt, with a determined effort by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s.  There’s a reason why it hasn’t taken off.

Remember when Obama revisited the universal healthcare plan while campaigning?  Obama supporters cried tears of joy that this guy wanted to help everybody get healthcare, yet not one of them stopped to think about how he was going to pay for it.  They didn’t fall in love with him; they fell in love with his words.  On his recent trip to Wisconsin to preach about his healthcare plan, Obama said, "After decades of inaction, we have finally decided to fix what is broken about healthcare in America.  We have decided that it’s time to give every American quality healthcare at an affordable cost."   He then added, "Employers aren’t faring any better. The cost of healthcare has helped leave big corporations like GM and Chrysler at a competitive disadvantage with their foreign counterparts."  Well, the fall of these two "big corporations" didn’t fall because of healthcare as Obama is suggesting.  They fell because of mismanagement from themselves and from the blood money they were given by Obama.  You see, the mismanagement was not corrected before they were given the money so by giving them more money, Obama fueled the corruption flames, and they tanked.  Although Obama says he wants to make sure every American gets healthcare coverage, he has already hinted that he "might back down" on some points, such as accepting that there are some individuals, who even with government help, will still be unable to afford to pay for health insurance.  This is classic Obama…promising the world to us, then in the same breath, sneaking in some real truth for when it backfires on him.  Remember when he said that things are getting better, but times are still tough?  This 360-degree "see-saw" rhetoric has become Obama’s signature talk at appeasing both sides of the fence…

QueenBee

 

 

The GOP Can Stop ObamaCare

The public is in no mood for drastic changes in current coverage.

By Karl Rove

It’s extremely unlikely that Republicans will be able to pass their own health-care plan in this Congress. But in politics you can’t beat something with nothing, so it is critical that the GOP offers an alternative to President Barack Obama’s government-run monstrosity.

Americans will listen more closely to Republicans if they make empirical and specific arguments against Mr. Obama’s attempted government takeover of the nation’s health system. But they must also offer proposals that families, small-businesspeople and health-care providers will applaud.

Associated Press

President Barack Obama before delivering remarks on health care reform at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association on Monday in Chicago.

Fortunately, Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Devin Nunes of California have devised a plan that will likely appeal to anyone interested in making health insurance more affordable and portable.

Their proposal — called the Patients’ Choice Act — is to leave in place the tax deduction companies receive for providing employees with health insurance and to create a "Medi-Choice" tax rebate that will give individuals $2,200 and families $5,700 to spend on health insurance.

The rebate will make health insurance more affordable, especially for young people. It also will make health insurance portable, which will free people from being locked into jobs they hate because they are afraid of losing their health insurance.

The Coburn-Ryan plan also helps the hard-to-insure and chronically ill because it shares their risk across all insurance companies, providing lower premiums than they might find now. It would help those in Medicaid because they receive private insurance rather than being forced into a one-size-fits-all government program in which doctors are increasingly refusing to participate.
 
The House GOP also formed a Health Care Solutions Group that unveiled proposals yesterday. The group wanted to make health care more affordable, expand availability, and promote healthier life choices. It did this by proposing two-dozen ways to improve existing law to make it easier and more cost-effective to buy health insurance.
 
One proposal is to give families who purchase their own insurance a tax benefit similar to the one companies get for providing health benefits. Another proposal is to pass medical liability reforms that will reduce costly junk lawsuits. Still another would allow small businesses to team up to buy insurance at a group discount. The group also wants to allow families to save money tax-free for a wide range of health expenses and permit children to stay on their parents’ policies until age 25.

Under the group’s proposals, Medicaid beneficiaries would get the flexibility to choose private coverage, rather than being locked into a government-run program. The group is also calling for stepping up efforts to detect and punish Medicare and Medicaid fraud, which costs an estimated $60 billion a year.

Individual Republicans are also stepping forward with health-reform ideas, such as creating a national health-insurance market that would allow Americans to buy insurance across state lines. Sens. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) and Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) have offered other ideas, including expanding community health centers.

This is the first time congressional Republicans as a group have been comfortable talking about health care. It may be the product of necessity, but it is also necessary to get a robust debate on health-care reform.

Republican efforts will be helped by a recent Congressional Budget Office report that found that Sen. Ted Kennedy’s health-care reform would cost at least $1 trillion over the next 10 years and still leave 36 million Americans uninsured (it may be slightly more once all the details are released). Estimates for the health-care bill that the Senate Finance Committee is drafting with help from the White House are coming in around $1.6 trillion over 10 years.

As the debate now shifts from broad generalities to the specifics of how health-care reform would work and how the government will pay for it, the GOP has an opportunity to stop the nationalization of the health-care industry. The more scrutiny it gets, the less appealing Obama-Care will become. And the more Democrats have to talk about creating a new value-added tax or junk food taxes to pay for it, the more Americans will recoil.

Republican credibility on health care depends on whether the party offers positive alternatives that build on the strengths of American medicine. As long as the choice was between reform and the status quo, the public was likely to go with the reformers. But if the debate is whether to go with costly, unnecessary reforms or with common-sense changes, then Republicans have a chance to appeal to fiscally conservative independents and Democrats and win this one. It is still possible to stop ObamaCare in its tracks. If Republicans can do that, they will win public confidence on an issue that will dominate politics for decades.

 

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