Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Plague o' Both Your Houses

"Republicans were for President Barack Obama's requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it," begins this report, only novel in that it comes from the APObama's health insurance rule — it was a GOP idea.

"The healthcare debate is as boring and stupid as every other debate in the United States," said one of our worthies back in August of last year — Thomas Fleming Weighs in on the Healthcare Debate.

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Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Somehow I'm not surprised by this at all, and this is likely part of the 5th Column Media's attempt to silence dissent against this by calling it "free market" and GOP inspired.

Just because the GOP put this out as an alternative doesn't change the fact that it's also a disaster. To show that, just look at every state that's implemented such as thing, such as Massachusetts and Kentucky.

3:08 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Exactamundo: "the 5th Column Media's attempt to silence dissent against this by calling it 'free market' and GOP inspired."

3:16 AM  
Anonymous Walt said...

Agreed.However,the media is reporting this as "free market" and "GOP" because most of these policies were presented by GOP members or think tanks like the Heritage Foundation as free market ideas.If this is a media operation to muzzle the opposition to this HCR corporatist behemoth, it's a pretty effective move to throw your opponents own words right back at 'em. This is just a few quotes from doing my own Google searches:

"Should the federal government require all Americans to buy private health insurance? This intriguing proposal is being pushed by the New America Foundation, a liberal policy shop in Washington, D.C. "Universal coverage in exchange for universal responsibility," is how the NAF characterizes it....The NAF proposal preserves private insurance and allows consumers to choose among competing insurance plans and coverage options.
...The NAF proposal offers a way to maintain our private health care system, expand consumer choice, lower costs, and allow medical progress to advance.

"...For one thing, to obtain the subsidies the worker must buy a comprehensive, government-ap- proved standardized benefits package. This would force many low-wage workers to buy costly services they do not want. The subsidy should be linked instead to a minimum catastrophic package...With its flaws corrected, the Dole bill sets out what Congress can and should do to reform the health system before the end of this Congress...And it takes the first step toward real health care security-a system in which Americans own their own plans, choose their own benefits, and have control over their own health care.spending.

"Pauly, a conservative health economist at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, says it wasn't just his idea. Back in the late 1980s — when Democrats were pushing not just a requirement for employers to provide insurance, but also the possibility of a government-sponsored single-payer system — "a group of economists and health policy people, market-oriented, sat down and said, 'Let's see if we can come up with a health reform proposal that would preserve a role for markets but would also achieve universal coverage.'...The idea of the individual mandate was about the only logical way to get there, Pauly says."

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Re: Walt,

Your comments are well founded, and also show why just "throwing the bums" out when the only way to do it is to throw in members of the other sanctioned party isn't going to cut it. The federal level is, for the most part, fully immune to public input on anything.

If there is any "triumph of democracy" from "public reaction", I'm afraid it'll all go in one direction; the only one sanctioned by the media. That is to say, a triumph for the left-wing agenda as set by Obama and the powers behind the throne.

It'll be an exception that proves the rule.

This will have to be fought in the courts and in the states, and it will be a bitter fight. Anybody that says otherwise is kidding themselves.

9:37 AM  

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