Republican Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah along with GOP Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan have put together a replacement for ObamaCare. And while neither their supporters nor detractors are likely to admit it, the plan bears a striking resemblance to, well, ObamaCare.
Health-care markets present a particular set of problems, with a limited range of possible solutions. So all realistic proposals for reform are going to have some basic structural similarities. The differences arise in what policymakers prioritize within those bounds.
That’s what really divides the left from the right on this issue. And that’s the reason Republicans seem perpetually doomed to keep offering replacements for ObamaCare that are basically suckier versions of ObamaCare.
It’s nice to finally hear that after fifty some attempts to take healthcare away from millions, three Republican Senators have finally come up with a GOP alternative to Obamacare. But, guess what it is pretty much he same thing and I am not surprised given that Obamacare is nothing like we progressives would like to see. All the world, except us it seems, know that is a single-payer system is the only way to get our outrageously expensive healthcare system under control. But until we can wrench control of the congress away from the Republicans that simply will never happen.
But maybe we should salute those three guys for at least putting in an effort. I bet it took them and their staffs at least a couple of days to clip and paste their plan from all the GOP rhetoric and that was probably as much work as they did in the past year. At least I see that they left the “preexisting conditions’ thing the same as Obamacare at least until your current employer lays you off and you lose your health insurance then it will go back to no insurance for you. Wasn’t that nice of them?
That moves on to the next topic as brought up by the editorial cartoon above. It seems that all these unregulated health supplement business are advertising things that are not in the products they sell. These are billion dollar businesses supplying us with pills that consist of rice and wheat flour along with a minute amount of houseplants and calling them by whatever name they choose. The GOP, who are big backers of Laissez-faire aren’t concerned about any of this. They say it is up to each of us to discover bogus things and that it is simply not the government’s business to get between businesses and their customers. Of course those progressives among us think that it very much is the government’s business to protect us from fraud and abuse.
Too bad we can’t label those in congress as “Bogus” “Misleading” and “Harmful”. In my mind those folks do more damage than anything else to our country. Let’s demand the truth in labeling both for the so-called health supplements and the people’s representatives.