GOP Doesn’t Want Bipartisan Health Care Bill – They Want Nothing


Republicans keep crying about how the Democrats didn’t even allow them to participate in the drafting of the health care bills, trying to undermine Obama’s push for bipartisanship and make it look like the Democrats are the ones who aren’t team players.

Republicans claim that the health care bill is socialist, a government takeover of the health care industry.

So, what do they propose in return?  According to their website, the GOP lists what they would like in the health care bill:

  • Number one: let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.
  • Number two: 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.
  • Number three: give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.
  • Number four: end junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it’s good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.

Ezra Klein points out that all of these are already in the bill that every single Republican Senator voted against and continues to rally against today.

The Republican Party has no interest in any type of health care reform despite what they might say or type up on their website.  They have nothing at all to gain from it passing even if their constituency would, which is why they are the Party of No and are only in the business of self-perpetuation rather than governing or representing the real needs and interests of Americans.

Let’s go Democrats.  Grow some stones and make history.



  1. A kernel of corn in a turd does not a delicious morsel make.

    • It’s hardly only a kernel when the four main talking points on the GOP website about what Republicans want to see in a health care bill are, in fact, IN the health care bill that they all voted against.

  2. Ryan,

    I would like to say that I think you missed the point, but I get the feeling you understand loud and clear. You just want to continue the rhetoric that the GOP wants nothing but to stop all progress for political gain. Let me put it another way. Would you want a bill passed that gives you everything you want as far as healthcare goes, single payer and all, if attached to it was an amendment outlawing abortion all together. Never to be overturned. I didn’t think so. See it isn’t how much turd is on your corn, it’s THAT there is turd on your corn.

    Now, since those 4 items are in the bill as you say, and both Republicans and Democrats want them, lets have a bill passing only those measures. That is common ground. That is a bi-partisan approach. If you really want it.

  3. Jay –

    (I just wrote a long response but it somehow didn’t go through and then was deleted. Awesome.)

    I got your point and I see what you’re saying. I think you’re using an extreme example that doesn’t really equate here. There’s nothing in the Senate Bill nearly as polarizing as the abortion issue. If anything, the HCR bill is more to the right of the divide on abortion than the left, much to their chagrin. What is in this bill that is truly, so deeply wrong that causes every single Republican Senator to vote against it? I mean, the concessions and compromises have already been made by the Democrats to win Republican support – no single-payer system, no public option, no federal funding for abortion, competition across state lines, etc. I don’t need to get into that; you’ve read the article I linked. If the Republicans really were interested in passing the bill, they’d make some concessions of their own.

    I understand that not everyone will be on board with this bill. There will be those on the far right who I would never expect to vote for it, and even some on the far left who won’t as well but for different reasons. But I just don’t see how the moderates, at least some from the Republican Party, wouldn’t support this bill unless there is a party-wide mandate to just say no to everything proposed by Obama and the Democrats in hopes that they fail. I mean, it’s a private-sector health care bill without a public option that cuts the deficit over time, provides health care to almost everyone, lowers premiums, and abolishes the practice of denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

    There is common ground. I’m glad that we found it. And I’m sure those four items aren’t the only things that both parties could agree upon, either, if they actually came at the discussion with a real desire to fashion a bill. I just don’t see that when Eric Cantor says essentially that the only way there will be a bipartisan bill is if the Democrats accept the GOP plan. It’s like the GOP is living in this dream world where they still hold the majority, that an overwhelming number of American voted them back into office.

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