50 Million Uninsured, Where is the Republican Health Care Plan?

April 4, 2011
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Republican‘s continue to drone on about how dangerous Obamacare is for the nation. Still, they have no specific plan to fix it themselves, they spend all of their time trying to repeal it while American’s suffer.

Here is a press release from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Almost 50 million Americans are now without health insurance, an increase of three million from one year ago, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report found that from January through September 2010, 49.5 million U.S. residents of all ages (16.3%) were uninsured at the time of interview. Additionally, 60.8 million (20.0%) of survey participants had been uninsured for at least part of the year prior to interview, and 36.1 million (11.9%) had been uninsured for more than a year at the time of interview.

So 50 million Americans suffer but the Republicans can only say over and over again, Obamacare will destroy America. Here’s the problem. What they have put out to the public looks a lot like Obamacare. They allow children to stay on their parents policy until age 26 if unemployed. Does that sound familiar?  There’s more. To cover high risk patients the Republicans would set a pool to cover treatment. Ah …em. Doesn’t Obamacare do that. The GOP would promote out of state policies to increase the competition among providers thus lowering cost’s for the consumer. Yep, that’s in Obamacare.

Sure the Republicans have provisions to limit malpractice damages and abortions, but that would save only a half percent according to the Congressional Budget Office. In essence, Republicans have the same ideas as Obamacare. If that’s true, why can’t they get together, compromise, and make a deal. After all, 50 million Americans are without health insurance.

I suspect it’s because the Republicans continue to be the party of NO!… They must think it is to their political advantage… Hell, I just think it’s in their damn DNA.

Sources:
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Check Up
National Association of Social Workers
Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

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3 Responses to 50 Million Uninsured, Where is the Republican Health Care Plan?

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    John L.No Gravatar says:

    I’m sure you already know this but the Congressional Budget Office Wednesday night released its cost analysis of the Republican health care plan and found that it would reduce health care premiums and cut the deficit by $68 billion over ten years.

    The Republican plan does not call for a government insurance plan but rather attempts to reform the system by creating high-risk insurance pools, allowing people to purchase health insurance policies across state lines and instituting medical malpractice reforms.

    Not only does the GOP plan lower health care costs, but it also increases access to quality care, including for those with pre-existing conditions, at a price our country can afford.

    The GOP bill would indeed lower costs, particularly for small businesses that have trouble finding affordable health care policies for their employees. The report found rates would drop by seven to 10 percent for this group, and by five to eight percent for the individual market, where it can also be difficult to find affordable policies.

    The GOP plan would have the smallest economic impact on the large group market that serves people working for large businesses that have access to the cheapest coverage. Those premiums would decline by zero to 3 percent. The analysis shows the Republican plan would do little to expand coverage, which Democrats were quick to point out in a late night missive to reporters.

    Here’s the Bottom line – Americans lose and Insurance companies win under the Republican plan. But you already knew that sir/madam.

    I really enjoy reading your blog now that you’re back (I used to read it all the time). I saw you mentioned on the Huffington Post and found you again. Keep up the controversial content of your blogs and don’t shrink back from the god damn pansy-ass critics!! I like a little contention. It keeps the politicians honest???

    • Thanks for the kind words John.

      My understanding of the Republicans plan for health care is that it would have a negligible effect on spending and the deficit. Obama’s version actually reduces the deficit. But more importantly, it appears to me that the GOP plan for health as well as the budget as a whole benefits the well off and hurts the poor.

      Thanks again for commenting. Now that you’ve had a comment approved, you should be able to post in real time.

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