Sunday, July 1, 2012

McConnell Can't Say How GOP Insures 30 Million: "Not The Issue"

Speaking to Fox's Chris Wallace about his party's pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't answer how the GOP would provide health care for the 30 million people who will receive it under the new law. After dancing around the thrice-repeated question with Republican talking points, McConnell finally said, "That is not the issue." Watch:

WALLACE: One of the keys to ObamaCare is that it will extend insurance access to 30 million people who are now uninsured. In your replacement, how would you provide universal coverage?

MCCONNELL: Well first let me say the first single thing we can do for the American system is get rid of ObamaCare. … The single biggest direction we can take in terms of improving health care is to get rid of this monstrosity. [...]

WALLACE: But you’re talking about repealing and replace, how would you provide universal coverage?

MCCONNELL: I’ll get to it in a minute. [...]

WALLACE: I just want to ask, what specifically are you going to do to provide universal coverage to the 30 million people who are uninsured?

MCCONNELL: That is not the issue. The question is, how can you go step by step to improve the American health care system. It is already the finest health care system in the world. … We’re not going to turn the American health care system into a Western European system. (h/t: Talking Points Memo)


Jon Rector, editor of the Oracle said...

What the TV networks need is an interviewer with a set of balls who would demand an answer.

Something like, "Why don't we cut the crap and you just walk us through your step by step plan right now?"

For gosh sake, Mr. Picklehead, Rick Scott of Florida, issued his straight forward plan already. He is going to ignore the law and just let some 4 million uninsured Floridians get sick and die.

Jeff Tone said...

Ted Koppel used to call out politicians when they went into their evasive blather. Still, I was impressed that Wallace asked McConnell three times.

With Scott's background in Medicare fraud, it's not surprising that he's going to break the law again regarding health care.

Good to hear from you, Jon.

Michael The Molar Maven said...

1. Please explain to me what is wrong with Western European health care delivery system>

2. I agree somewhat with Mr. McConnell about a health care plan that is as lengthy as this one is. It bothers me that it might be fraught with loopholes.

3. I think that part of the problem with our system is that it became the responsibility of employers to provide health care coverage. Why? How about we eliminate benefit packages completely, increase wages, provide Medicare for everyone funded by an increase in the medicare payroll tax. The same could be true for the pension system which could be funded through the social security payroll tax. The immediate reduced costs to business could result in lower prices of goods sold at the retail level - after all, higher prices is the most regressive tax of all.

4. How can Mr. McConnell say that the "the single thing we can do for the American system is to get rid of ObamaCare when it hasn't even taken effect yet? I just love a representative who is open to new ideas, don't you?

5. I can't stand referring to The Affordable Health Care Act as "ObamaCare".

Jeff Tone said...

1. Nothing wrong at all. McConnell is just spewing ignorant rhetoric about "socialism."

2. I don't have a problem with length per se. This is a major part of the economy. Reforming it, especially when there's so much to reform, has to be a complex task.

3. How do you increase wages across the board to cover all benefits?

4. McConnell said that his chief goal is to get rid of Obama. He's not open to anything the president proposes, whether it helps the country or not.

5. If you notice, I never use the term "ObamaCare" in any article. I always write "Affordable Care Act."