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edhopper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:06 AM
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Republicans: "Stop Government Health Care, because it works!"
Help me with the logic here, from the AP:
WASHINGTON The search for agreement on health care may be short lived.

The flashpoint is a proposal that would give Americans the option of buying medical coverage through a government plan. President Barack Obama and many Democrats have endorsed it, as one part of a broader health overhaul. On Saturday, Republicans laid down a challenge.

"I'm concerned that if the government steps in, it will eventually push out the private health care plans millions of Americans enjoy today," Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said in the Republican weekly radio address.

Blunt, who will play a leading role in the debate, warned: "This could cause your employer to simply stop offering coverage, hoping the government will pick up the slack."

The proposal he referred to would, for the first time, offer government-sponsored coverage to middle-class families, as an alternative to private health plans. By some estimates, it could reduce premiums by 20 percent or more making it much more affordable to cover the estimated 48 million people who don't have health coverage."


Aren't they saying that a Government run Health Care Plan would be better and more preferable to most Americans and therefore might put the for profit Insurance companies out of business.
I thought their argument was that Americans don't want the Government to run Health Care?
Can we just leave them out of the discussion?

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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:08 AM
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1. They sure don't like competition, do they!
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:12 AM
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3. Competition is the bane of free-market capitalism.
Free-market capitalism, of course, is the economic system in which the wealthy are free to set whatever prices they want in the market.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:11 AM
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2. They sure love their government run health care plan, don't they?
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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:12 AM
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4. Yes, that would help
Yes, telling the Republicans to go sit in their corner for a century or two would help this country.
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:29 AM
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5. aren't they advocating protectionism? n/t
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edhopper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:41 AM
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7. Yes they are.
But mainly they are saying that Americans will choose Government run health care. You know the same Americans they say don't want Government run health care.
Can't some prominent Democratic simply point out that they have ceded the argument and admitted Americans will prefer Universal Government Health Care and we can get on with joining the rest of the world.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:38 AM
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6. Link to the full article.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 08:40 AM by RC
Associated Press
Health overhaul could stall over government role
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , 03.07.09, 06:08 AM EST

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/03/07/ap6138715.htm...
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:44 AM
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8. Not to mention Health Insurance Cos are engaged in price fixing
and they doubt the Government would want to play
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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:44 AM
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9. Enjoy. Company shill.
Enjoy. Most of us are stuck and miserable.. High deductibles, insurance auditors telling us what treatments are to be permitted. Blunt of course thinks we're idiots. If that were not the case, who came he stuck with his government plan and did not privatize Congressional health care.
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Tanuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:14 AM
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10. Blunt voted against expanding health care coverage for children
http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Roy_Blunt.htm

"Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998) "

(More on Blunt's record on a variety of issues, and quotes, at the link)



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