Monday, October 19, 2009

Sarah Palin Fights "Entitlement" Health Care Reform.

I'd love to pick this apart but, you know, life is so very short. Ultimately, Palin wishes we could just get lawyers out of health care and that the savings would make insurance affordable. That's her idea of reform. And her assessment of the current bill has little to do with facts, insuring the uninsured, making health care more cost-effective or accessible, or planning for the future.

She regurgitates a not-so-novel series of Republican talking points:

Here’s a novel idea. Instead of working contrary to the free market, let’s embrace the free market. Instead of going to war with certain private sector companies, let’s embrace real private-sector competition and allow consumers to purchase plans across state lines. Instead of taxing the so-called “Cadillac” plans that people get through their employers, let’s give individuals who purchase their own health care the same tax benefits we currently give employer-provided health care recipients. Instead of crippling Medicare, let’s reform it by providing recipients with vouchers so that they can purchase their own coverage.

Now is the time to make your voices heard before it’s too late. If we don’t fight for the market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven reform plan that we deserve, we’ll be left with the disastrous unintended consequences of the plans currently being cooked up in Washington.

I want to say something like, "If this is all the Republicans' have got, they're screwed." But she is right in that the medical industry and Republicans have been able to steer the debate so far. Even with minorities in the House and Senate, a debunked reputation on fiscal, domestic and international policy, and a decimated and uninspiring class of leaders, Republicans have still weilded power in this debate by their sheer opposition to it. They have no objective but defeat of reform: a prospect that leaves Americans farther behind economically - and unhealthy.

By the way, don't miss the comments.


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