House Republican Leader John Boehner and other GOP members held a press conference on Wednesday detailing "The Democratic Takeover of Health Care." The fact is that the Democrats are arguing for a public option, not a universal, single-payer "takeover." That leaves room for the Republicans' beloved private health industry to compete against the public option. If they're so sure that most Americans also love private insurance, why would they bother railing against a public option?
After the press conference, the Republicans released a chart supposedly showing how complex the Democratic plan is:
Of course, there's nothing complex about the completely privatized system we have now, right? It involves no bureaucrats, little paperwork, minimal overhead, almost no denial of claims and hardly any financial worry among consumers.
In response to the chart above, a House aide sent Democratic staffers one that shows the Republican plan. Note its precise detail in overhauling health care in order to serve the needs of every citizen: