All I have been hearing from Republicans (and certain Blue Dog Democrats) from the beginning of the health care debate is cries of socialism, whining over the perceived loss of health care choices that will supposedly occur (what choices will you have with no insurance?), and lately the outright ugly new tactic of the shouting down of elected officials during town hall meetings. What you rarely hear from them any of these detractors are their ideas for reform.
During the Clinton years, Bill and Hillary tried and failed miserably to get some kind of reform passed mainly due to Republican shenanigans and admittedly poor execution. After that, the GOP had the White House and both Houses of Congress for all but 2 of the next 8 years and we heard nary a whisper from them on health care.
Fast forward to now and we are again back trying to fix an obviously broken system that has gotten increasingly worse since the last reform attempt but instead of working on the problem we have idiots with a TV pulpit or a blog spewing often ridiculous talking points and lies (forced euthanasia? Are you really that dumb?). Then we have members of Congress like our own Senator John Thune, who is enjoying the benefits of government run health care at the same time he is railing against that very same system all while accepting big contributions from the health insurance industry. What’s wrong with that picture?
So with all that said, what exactly do all these detractors have for an alternative? What ideas can they present to help the millions that truly want health insurance but either can’t afford it or who can’t get it because of pre-existing conditions? What will the GOP say to those that need preventive health care because of a scary family health history but can’t afford it and can’t get insurance to cover it? Too bad about your luck? And finally what does Senator Thune and Mr Limbaugh suggest as a fix for the soaring costs of insurance for those that still can somewhat afford it but soon might not be able to because those costs are rising way faster than any increases in wages? (And please don’t try and suggest Thune’s new “Protect Healthcare Freedom” blog is any kind of an attempt to fix the problem)
You say you don’t like the current proposals floating around in Congress? Fine, I can understand that but if you actually want to be part of real health care reform versus just being some robot repeating Rush Limbaugh Hitler comparisons, what is your solution? As things stand now, anything other than the status quo, which is a miserable failure, is a move in the right direction.
UPDATE: I asked above if anyone was really dumb enough to believe the crap being bandied about by the far right and lo and behold their queen didn’t disappoint. From Sarah Palin’s Facebook page:
The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
When it comes to finding ignorance in politics lately, Sarah Palin never disappoints.