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What Other Options?

09.13.09

Let the appeasement continue.

Once again, the White House and the Democrats reiterate that this government-run public option really isn’t at all a mandatory part of the bill.  They say that it’s a small part of the health care reform.  Senator Feinstein says that there’s “more than one way to skin a cat.”

Then let’s see those other ways.  What other ways are there that would be as impactful as a public option yet isn’t the public option?  And who has these alternatives?  One would think that it should be the Republicans turn to bring some plan to the table.

Enter Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican out of Utah, who said that:

an alternative to the broad overhaul could be as simple as providing subsidies to the roughly 15 million Americans who he said truly cannot afford coverage.

Truly cannot afford coverage.  That’s the plan.  What does that mean, exactly?  What are the deciding factors in determining who truly cannot afford coverage versus those who just simply can’t afford it?  What about the other 30 million Americans?  The problem is not just how coverage is too expensive, but that even those who can afford an insurance plan can’t always receive proper coverage due to “pre-existing conditions.”

Subsidizing 15 million Americans won’t cure our health care problems because it’s only a matter of time before all 45 million of those uninsured will truly be unable to afford coverage.  And by then, that 45 million currently uninsured could rise to 55 million, 65 million.  What then?  More subsidies?  More bandaids on bullet wounds?

“C’mon, we’re living in the real world here,” said Hatch, who serves on the Senate Finance Committee. “People all over the country don’t want this.”

That’s right, Sen. Hatch.  We are living in the real world here and we do want this.  We do want access to health care.  We do want proper coverage.  We want to be able to afford that coverage for those illnesses and diseases for which we need care.  Where are you living?  Clearly not in the same world as your fellow GOP leaders who said

they agree with Obama that the current health insurance system needs a change, but argue his plans are too costly and won’t work.

Well, Sen. Hatch has announced his plan, but if the GOP is resting on his subsidies idea as their only alternative, they clearly don’t have any real desire to be part of this reform.

But we already knew that.  Which is why I cannot understand why Obama and the Democrats keep showing weakness when it comes to the only real option we have at reform.  We have no other real alternatives other than status quo.  They need to stand firm.  Only then will the GOP be forced to respect the Dems position and provide a viable alternate plan.

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