If you want an example of just
how toothless and ineffective the current Republican Party is, listen to them
talk about proposed health care reform.
Take RNC Chairman and designated empty suit, Michael Steele. For those unfamiliar with Steele, he
was elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee last year, despite
the fact that he's never run for and won elective office himself,
and he's never run a successful political campaign. He has neither held political
office nor served a political party in a capacity that he has ever been qualified for.
In his political life,every position he has held has been thrust upon him because of the hue
of his skin, not the cry of the people. Many would call that tokenism. I call it typically Republican, unfortunately. Seriously; why would any black man ever apologize to Rush Limbaugh on a matter of policy? How embarrassing was that?
And yet, this guy,
who has never had a hand in making policy of any type, has all sorts of
opinions about health care, and he waxed stupidly about it this morning.
First off, he was
asked if he thought the Democrats health care plan "represented
socialism," and he replied thusly:
Wow. Good answer.
Succinct and to the point. Only problem is, all that Democrats are looking to
reform is the insurance system. And the proposal does nothing much to change the way private insurance does business. That makes his succinct, to the point response wrong. The health care delivery system itself
will remain market-based and competitive, based on the Democrats' proposal. The
"public option" that is being proposed is just that — an option. It means
that those people the private insurers have left out of the system for many, many years will finally find
themselves with available coverage for once. Imagine that.
The empty suit
Steele then stepped in it again when he said:
is unprecedented government intrusion into the private sector. Period. And you
can sweeten that anyway you want but it still tastes bitter.
intrusion into the private sector?
One of the reasons
we are where we are with regard to health insurance is because the "private sector"
insurers have been able to do whatever they wanted without restriction for decades. The
result of that complate lack of oversight is a system whereby individuals have little or no choice with
regard to insurance; where people without insurance are forbidden from paying
into a system they will ultimately use to a significant degree; and in which
insurance companies routinely deny claims and force people into the poorhouse.
Believe me, Empty
Suit Steele, the government "intrusion" is not only wanted, and
welcome, but sorely needed.
President, you are putting your party's entire big-government wish list on
America's credit card. But that card comes with a bill. It is more debt our
children will have to pay because this reckless administration has an
unrestrainable urge to splurge."
I see. His party
added $10 trillion to our children's debt, and we have exactly dick to show for
it, but all of a sudden, we're supposed to believe his party is the party of
"fiscal responsibility" and to listen to him.
Tell you what,
Mikey; when you can show us all of the goddamn prosperity your party purchased
with the $10 trillion in debt you added, then perhaps I'll listen to you about
health care, for at least the first 30 seconds. But the Republican Party had the White House for most of the last 40 years, they had a stranglehold on at least a large portion of Congress for most of the last 30 years, and they did absolutely nothing with regard to reform. Oh, wait; they did come up with the COBRA. You've heard of that, right? That's where you get laid off, and you get to keep your health insurance coverage for up to 18 months, if you pay your full premium for that time. In other words, you lose your source of income, but you can keep your insurance, if you can pay the full $1300 per month premium, instead of the $250 a month you were paying.
See, here's the funny part in all of this. We're already
spending the health care money, genius. Yeah; we'll probably run a high deficit for a few years while the system is implemented. But in the long run, everyone with private insurance should see a huge drop in rates, and the inflation in the system will drop to extremely low levels. Right now, the money that should go to paying for health care that
people use, it goes to line the pockets of insurance companies. So, I guess health insurance companies will see a drop in revenues. But hey; insurance companies chose not to cover certain people; the government's only picking up the sloppy seconds, from the insurers' point of view. Covering those without health insurance currently will end up
saving everyone a ton of money, and make it a hell of a lot easier for the government to balance the budget.
See, that's what
happens when you make invisible costs visible, Mikey; it looks like everyone's