The Stench of Bullshit

Republicans think they’re smart, but they’re not. In truth, the Democratic Party is just filled with naive morons. I truly hope they don’t fall for their pathetic, transparent shtick.

“I don’t know one Republican who does not want health care reform. I don’t know one Republican who would not try to work together with the Democrats,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, on CNN’s Late Edition on Sunday. But, warned Hatch, “We would have to start over. There are a lot of things we can agree on right off the bat.”Over on NBC’s Meet the Press, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky picked up right where Hatch left off. “You start with junk lawsuits against doctors and hospitals, interstate competition among insurance companies,” he said.

Republicans have been complaining that the Democrats have been keeping them out of the process in the development of the health care reform bill. That’s despite 721 amendments filed to add to the reform bill out of the total 788 amendments. Only 67 came from the Democrats.

I love the article from NPR, which states:

Medical malpractice is a good example. Republicans have long advocated for a bill that would cap so-called noneconomic damages — those for victims’ pain and suffering — at $250,000. It passed the Republican-led House eight times between 1995 and 2005. But it never even won a majority in the Republican-controlled Senate, despite several attempts.

Nevermind the fact medical malpractice is a state issue and not a national one. It might affect the nation as a whole, but the CBO and GAO have already said, during the Bush years, that medical malpractice reform wouldn’t budge the cost of health care or make much of a difference.

Then there is the idea of letting insurance companies sell across state lines. The NPR article mentions that regulators “would no longer know who would be in charge of regulating what”. I think the more pressing issue is that insurance companies could simply move to a state with very low insurance regulation in order to reap the profits of lowered standards of practice if certain federal regulations aren’t put into place.

This is all a game, though. From the same NPR article:

In fact, the idea has been so controversial, says Dave Kendall, of the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way, that Sen. Mike Enzi, a Republican from Wyoming, failed to get members of his own party to go along with it.

Why would the Democrats think the Republican party would seriously be a help in crafting any brand new health care reform legislation? If they by themselves can’t get a consensus on what they want, how would that help in crafting anything the opposing team would benefit politically from? Dave Kendall from Third Way:

“We had an opportunity to approach this in a bipartisan way, and Republicans made it very clear they were interested in taking down the president by defeating health care reform,” Kendall said. “So I don’t think it’s a real offer.”

The saddest part of the article is this:

He says both the House- and Senate-passed bills have far more in common with the bill put forward by Republicans in 1993 than with the competing plan pressed by then-President Clinton and congressional Democrats.

As a matter of fact, this bill is almost a replica of the Republican’s bill in 1993. Only Nixon’s health care reform plan was more liberal — it was practically a single payer plan.

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