G1223, on Feb 8 2010, 08:32 PM, said:
Yet your President has said Republicans do not offer anything.
Along with a number of other Democrats.
Kind of hard to discuss things like HC when an elite group of Democrats pound out a 2,000+ page bill behind cloosed doors in secret. You know, the bill where most people still don't know what's in it. Yeah, that one.
The big problem with Democrats is that their majority status has gone to their heads. A common problem that affects a lot of politicians in general, regardless of what party they are.
They're over-thinking this whole thing. They want a grand plan to "over-haul" healthcare and look like heroes (or at least think they will). When, in fact, all HC needs is a tune-up.
1. "Let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines."
I've been a huge supporter of this from day 1. This alone will reduce HC costs. How? Competition. When you have competing companies, they lower their rates to be more appealing to people looking for policies. Look at auto insurance. Works well. And people have choices. Win-win for consumers.
2. "Allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do." This is the very purpose of the exchanges, as defined in Section 1312.
A sound option for those willing to participate.
3. "Give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs." Section 1302 of the Senate bill does this directly.
"End junk lawsuits."
So long as it allows for other insurance companies from other states to compete.
4. The tax break for employer-sponsored insurance.
This would help ease expense burdens on business and give them a chance to grow and prosper. The healthier the business, the healthier the economy.
5. And finally, we shouldn't forget the compromises that have been the most painful for Democrats, and the most substantive. This is a private-market plan.
Controlling things with an iron fist does not solve anything. In fact, government run HC will not make it more affordable for many people. The best solutions are often the most simple. This "grand plan" of taking over hc because Big Brother knows better is a recipe for disaster. And instead of a 2,000+ page bill most have no idea what the content is, we have one that would be a few pages long that is to the point and effective. Not to mention all 5 proposals can be effective almost immediately instead of 4-5 years from now. Less pages also means the bill is more green. That last sentence was a joke.