Debate on Health Care (Part 1): Should NOT be Repealed
By Mitch Dworkin
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Health care should NOT be repealed even though it is imperfect and despite the messy process of how it was passed. I would love to see serious bipartisan negotiations to improve health care but I do not think it can happen as long as so many Republicans fear Rush Limbaugh and the many millions of Tea Party activists he influences who can primary them if they compromise.
My first point is that I have not seen a serious Republican health care alternative with guarantees to insure millions of people, including people with preexisting conditions, if health care is repealed:
- Ron Paul was asked about a dying uninsured person “are you saying that society should just let him die?” His main answer was turning to “Our neighbors, our friends, our churches” which is not a guarantee.
- Mitch McConnell was asked how 30 million people would be insured. His answer was “that is not the issue.”
- Sue Lowden was for a barter system with doctors saying grandparents “would bring a chicken to the doctor.”
- If there is a voucher system, then what happens if the voucher runs out and some people cannot afford expensive medicine or an operation to live? Will they just be left to suffer and/or die?
- I hear about cost, efficiency, and free markets which I think are valid issues but they are separate from actually insuring millions of people! The question is still there: What about poor people who cannot afford health care and need it to live?
- Mitch McConnell and others talk about putting people with preexisting conditions into high risk pools. However the cost of being put in a high risk poll in many states is very expensive. What about poor people who cannot afford it?
My second point is that Obama was intentionally sabotaged during the health care process. David Frum admitted this on Morning Joe, Jim DeMint said he wanted health care to be Obama’s “Waterloo” & to “break him,” and both Mitch McConnell & John Boehner actually reported to Rush Limbaugh during the health care debate!
With this being the case, what did Obama have to work with as far as the process was concerned when he met with Republicans about health care and Michele Bachmann said that more was accomplished at the White House Beer Summit? How I wish we could return to the days of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill when serious bipartisan negotiations took place on big issues!
But big the question right now is what is the Republican health care plan, guarantees, and safety nets for all poor people if health care is repealed and if millions of people lose their coverage? What will be done for them if they need expensive medicine and/or an operation that they cannot afford? It is my truly sincere hope that poor people will not just be left to suffer and/or die because they have no guarantees, no safety nets, or that their vouchers ran out due to no fault of their own!
Mitch Dworkin is an Independent political consultant who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has worked on many campaigns and he specializes in research, analysis, writing, and rapid response. What makes Mitch different from some other political analysts is that he always calls things right down the middle as he honestly sees them and he will always tell people the truth as he sees it and as how he can document it even if it is not popular. Mitch is also for bipartisanship and compromise while opposing extremism in both parties.
Mitch graduated from Rhode Island College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and from Bridgewater State College in 1992 with a Masters Degree in Education. You can follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mitch.dworkin, and reach him by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 469-556-7026. Credible documentation for all of the claims in this post is available on request. Mitch never makes any claims that he cannot tangibly prove. Please feel free to contact Mitch if you would like to receive any documentation.