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NYT: GOP Will Take Your Healthcare Away

From the DNC’s water carriers at the New York Times:

Short of Repeal, G.O.P. Will Chip at Health Law

By ROBERT PEAR
September 20, 2010

WASHINGTON — Republicans are serious. Hopeful of picking up substantial numbers of seats in the Congressional elections, they are developing plans to try to repeal or roll back President Obama’s new health care law.

This goal, though not fleshed out in a detailed legislative proposal, is much more than a campaign slogan.

Of course the New York Times thinks they are scaring us with this news. Unfortunately for them, most of America hopes they are right.

That conclusion emerged from interviews with a wide range of Republican lawmakers, who said they were determined to chip away at the law if they could not dismantle it.

‘Chipping away’ will still leave the camel’s nose under the tent. The camel must be removed and the tent burned to the ground.

House Republicans are expected to include some specifics in an election agenda they intend to issue Thursday. Although they face tremendous political and practical hurdles to undoing a law whose provisions are rapidly going into effect, they are already laying the groundwork for trying.

The taxes are rapidly going into effect. The provisions for most of us won’t go into effect for four more years.

For starters, Republicans say they will try to withhold money that federal officials need to administer and enforce the law. They know that even if they managed to pass a wholesale repeal, Mr. Obama would veto it

Which would make a great campaign issue for 2012.

Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, a senior Republican on the Finance Committee, has introduced a bill that would eliminate a linchpin of the new law: a requirement for many employers to offer insurance to employees or pay a tax penalty. Many Republicans also want to repeal the law’s requirement for most Americans to obtain health insurance.

Alternatively, Republicans say, they will try to prevent aggressive enforcement of the requirements by limiting money available to the Internal Revenue Service, which would collect the tax penalties

There should be no “alternatively.” It is simply wrong and unconstitutional to force people to buy health insurance.

Republicans say they will also try to scale back the expansion of Medicaid if states continue to object to the costs of adding millions of people to the rolls of the program for low-income people…

Again, ‘scaling back’ isn’t going to cut it.

Representative Michael C. Burgess, Republican of Texas and a physician, acknowledged that repealing the law became more difficult with each passing week, as various provisions took effect and were woven into “the fabric of American life.”

What a joke. We have had the Bush tax cuts “woven into the fabric of American life” for ten years, and the administration is having to problem doing away with them.

Efforts at repeal face several hurdles:

¶ Not even the most optimistic Republicans expect to gain the two-thirds majorities that would be needed to overcome a veto.

2012 is only two years away.

¶ The law responds to a genuine need. The Census Bureau reported last week that 50.7 million people were uninsured in 2009, an increase of 4.3 million or nearly 10 percent over the previous year.

Somehow this country has survived for two hundred years without requiring people to buy health insurance. And nobody in their right mind believes that ‘Obama-care’ fixes anything.

The health care law saves money, by the reckoning of the Congressional Budget Office, so Republicans would need to find ways to achieve equivalent savings if they repealed the law. (The budget office affirmed last month that the law would “produce $143 billion in net budgetary savings” over 10 years.)

The CBO are incompetent at best, and partisan hack propagandists doing their masters’ bidding – at worst. The very same CBO once upon a time predicted that Medicare and Medicaid would cost a tiny fraction of what they turned out to cost.

While trying to repeal the health care law, Republicans do not agree on what to replace it with.

So what? First things first. Besides, what was ‘prohibition’ replaced with?

¶ Popular and unpopular provisions of the law are intertwined and difficult to separate. People like the idea of being able to buy insurance regardless of any pre-existing condition. They dislike the idea of being compelled to do so. But without such a requirement, people could wait until they got sick and then buy coverage — a situation that has proved unworkable in states that have tried it.

People like a lot of things. That does not mean they are practical – or even possible. People like having private insurance companies.

You cannot compel them to sell insurance regardless of any pre-existing condition, and then expect them to stay in business for long.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “NYT: GOP Will Take Your Healthcare Away”

  1. untrainable says:

    Obama-Care saves money? Are they serious?
    I’m sorry NYT, you must have missed the new democrat healthcare talking points. Don’t worry, they were published on Politico. To sum up : “RUN AWAY from talk of any cost benefits from the healthcare law”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41271.html

  2. proreason says:

    Even if you think the monstrosity is necessary (it isn’t) the mere fact that the bill is 2700 pages and 150+ new bureaucracies are established by it is more than enough reason to repeal it.

    The law of unintended consequences for something that massive is absolutely certain to wreck havoc with this country.

    And that doesn’t even count the INTENDED consequences.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    “I’d like to propose a bill that would create or save over half a million jobs over the next ten years, and reduce the tax burden on labor cost to small businesses by up to 50% during the same period. The text of the Job Creation and Small Business Relief Act of 2010 is simple:

    Repeal ObamaCare. Now.” DocZero.

    That’s a Conservative estimate of the impact repeal would really have. As he accurately says, “ObamaCare is the most powerful job-killing force unleashed against our economy in decades.” He highlights all the collateral damage out there from just what businesses know about the bill so far. Rate hikes, dropped coverage, broad lay-offs everywhere.

    So Barry is curious what our agenda is since apparently it’s not responsible to elect someone based on emotion, rhetoric and vague platitudes (lol). Well the one good thing about how much he’s screwed things up is that simply cutting off funds to all these new mandates and bureaus will amount to a major injection of positivity and stability into the sputtering private sector.

    • proreason says:

      As businesses go bankrupt and health insurance costs skyrocket in the next few years, there will be a 24/7/365 propaganda campaign, funded by our own tax dollars, to insist, INSIST that everything that happens is rock solid proof positive that capitalism has failed and that the only ONLY option is for your benevolent government to completely take over Health Care, lock stock and barrel.

      This is inevitable if liberals contine to have the power to run their cons.

    • tranquil.night says:

      That’s the actual reality we are heading towards, 100%. The path has to change. We all know what step one is.

      “Step two is dismantling the mechanisms of permanent State growth, like public employee unions, and unsustainable programs like ObamaCare. After those steps are completed, the free people of the United States will set about solving their own problems, in a process of willing co-operation for mutual benefit that seems as ‘magical’ to a socialist as space travel appears to a tribal shaman.” DocZero – Hopelessness and Stasis

      But the narrative is set, we’re too outside the margins, we’re too extreme. “You’re chasing away the moderates, this has to be incremental” they’ll scream from MSNBC to FoxNews while encouraging that very reality. Screw those manipulators, I don’t believe the people are that ill-informed anymore. The moderates and independents who hate both parties are specifically joining up with us for taking both sides of the Ruling Class on. When we get the chance to actually talk to them about how dire it is, the vast majority is with us, issue by issue by issue. So from here on out it’s likely that we stand alone from the aristocrats. But we stand together. And we aren’t going to surrender.

  4. AcornsRNutz says:

    Repealing obamacare, eliminating public sector unions all good ideas. But the problem will be that a lot of “entitled” folks will resist this. Further, how about complete privitization of social security, the elimination of medicare, medicaid, all welfare programs, the NEA, the Departments of labor, agriculture, energy, education, environmental protection and many many others?

    Great ideas, constitutionally sound, and very difficult to sell. The only way we can expect to wean the American people of the government teat is for it to dry up completely. IT is going to be painful and messy for all parties, but necessary. What it requires from us as patriots is a willingness to “sacrifice” the safety net provided by the federal government, which scares a lot of lilly livered moderates and semi conservatives. The saying “take the power back” will have to coincide with the idea of “giving the power back”, as in refusing and relinquishing the “entitlements” that are the very shackles and tools the government has used to stay in power. “So many times it happens, we live our lives in chains, and never even know we have the key.”


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