GOP Doesn’t Want Bipartisan Health Care Bill – They Want Nothing02.08.10
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.