Those GOP Lies
THE PRESIDENT: Whether, sort of in the aggregate, society making those decisions to give my grandmother, or everybody else’s aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when they’re terminally ill is a sustainable model, is a very difficult question....
So that’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues. But that’s also a huge driver of cost, right? I mean, the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.The President would obviously never suggest that there should be panels that make decisions about who should get what kind of health care after a certain age! That would be political suicide.
LEONHARDT: So how do you — how do we deal with it? THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels. And that’s part of why you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance.And, of course, we learned during the President's address this week that there is no chance that an illegal immigrant could gain coverage under the Democrat's proposal. It's dumb to even suggest such a thing, as there is a specific prohibition in the measure guaranteeing that they could not use "affordability credits" to have their health care payed for.
"Nothing in this subtitle shall allow federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States," the bill says.See that? End of story.
In July, Democrats rejected a Republican-sponsored amendment that would have required buyers of this subsidized insurance to supply official documents to prove they are legal residents... "The bill says the benefits should not go to illegal aliens, but the Democrats voted down every amendment to enforce that," said Rep. Joe L. Barton (R-Texas).Wait a sec - what good is a prohibition that comes without an enforcement mechanism? It's also illegal to be in the country illegally, isn't it?
Some Republicans even go so far as to suggest that the real goal of the Public Option is to become a single payer plan like Medicare! Can you imagine the gall? Will they stop at nothing?
Champions of the public plan said it could save money by using Medicare rates and fee schedules to pay hospitals and doctors. In a book last year, one of Mr. Obama’s top advisers, former Senator Tom Daschle, said consumers should have the option of enrolling in “a government-run insurance program modeled after Medicare, a proven and popular program.” That is exactly what worries health care providers, who say Medicare pays them less than market rates paid by private insurers. And they have pressed their concerns on Capitol Hill with a small army of lobbyists.Why do they continue spreading lies when the truth is so clear?
“A public plan is essentially a stalking horse for a single-payer plan,” said Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire. “It is more than the camel’s nose under the tent. It is the camel’s neck, and probably front legs, under the tent. There is no way the private sector will be able to compete.”Good thing that clown didn't end up as part of Obama's cabinet!
In trying to answer this charge, Democrats feel torn. Mr. Obama and many Democrats deny that they want to drive private insurers from the market. But others embrace the ultimate goal of “Medicare for all.” The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which supports Mr. Obama and the public option, has long supported a single-payer system. In a memorandum to union leaders last year, Gerald W. McEntee, president of the 1.6-million-member federation, said a public plan would “create a competitive check on the private market and build both public support and the infrastructure for a single-payer system.” Then in April, Representative Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois, said insurers were right to fear that a public plan could “put the private insurance industry out of business.” That might happen because of “the superiority of the public health care option,” said Ms. Schakowsky, one of 86 co-sponsors of a bill to establish a single-payer system.Even Barney Frank seems to have become confused by Republican lies into thinking that the public option would lead to single payer. It's time for the country to stop believing the liars, don't you agree?