Health Care Reform Alternatives – Obama -vs- DeMintPosted by Scott @ 5:31 pm
DeMint fired the first salvo in a war of words between Senator DeMint (R – SC) and President Obama. Regarding the legislature’s health “Insurance” reform programs on the agenda, DeMint said this..
‘If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him”
This clearly touched a nerve with Obama, who responded..
“Just the other day, one Republican senator said – and I’m quoting him now – ‘If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him’, Think about that. This isn’t about me. This isn’t about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America’s families, breaking America’s businesses, and breaking America’s economy. And we can’t afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care, not this time, not now.”
So according to Obama, we can’t even take time to read (much less debate) the legislation, lest we enter into the “politics of delay”. Does anyone really believe that pushing this important legislation down our throats, at breakneck speed, is not a political move? The health industry consumes 16% of all spending in the United States and comprises nearly 1/5th of our economy. Shouldn’t we at least read the legislation and have an open debate.
Anyone who thinks the current health “insurance” reforms on the table are sound proposals, just hasn’t bother to read them over, much like their representatives.
I’m too support some form of health “care” reform. I could even go along with a single payer system, if the insurance companies were out of the picture and the government had a limited role in a true self-insured system.
Unfortunately, that is not going to happen. The progressives are so in bed with the insurance companies, they are going to do the same thing they always do, which is to pretend to help average citizens, while picking the pockets of the taxpayers.
The bills on the table now are mere scams, much like the cap and tax scheme the progressives are so eager to implement. None of this legislation will have the desired affect on health care in America or Worldwide climate change.
The so called “Health Care Crisis” is just another genned up crisis, anyway. There are already programs in place for the poor (Medicaid) and for children (SCHIP). Those who are eligible should simply sign up. There’s an estimated 8-12 million illegals with no insurance, who shouldn’t even be in this country, so we need to make “citizens” prove they are a citizen to receive any government benefits, unless it’s a life and death emergency. Young, healthy people may not need health insurance coverage, except perhaps a catastrophic plan, but the decision should be theirs to make.
The real crisis is out of control spending but there is no evidence the bills currently under consideration are only going to decrease costs. On the contrary, CBO chief stated the bills would actually increase costs.
The health care overhauls released to date would increase, not reduce, the burgeoning long-term health costs facing the government, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf said Thursday.
It’s time for everyone to put down the koolaid and start using some common sense. Put aside the divisive left-vs-right hatred, which serves no purpose in a reasoned debate, get down to business and really work hard to solve this problem the right way.
We need out in the open, transparent debate, where no idea is too small. We need to take our time and get this right. The forcing of flawed legislation down our throats needs to end now and if it doesn’t, DeMint might just be right about Obama’s Waterloo.