Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Democratic Rep. Slams GOP At Obamacare Hearing

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) blew up at the Republicans for refusing to implement the Affordable Care Act, in contrast to the Democrats' cooperation, despite their disagreement, with Bush's prescription drug program. He asked, "What are you going to do about the approximately 17 million children with preexisting conditions who can no longer be denied health insurance coverage?” When Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR) said that there are Republican alternatives to Obamacare, Pascrell responded, "Are you really serious? After what we’ve gone through in the last three and a half years? Have you — you can sit there and say, that you had a legitimate alternative after these years? We’ve gone through 44 votes, 48 votes now, of you trying to dismantle the legislation. You call that cooperation? I don’t!" Watch:


Corey said...

More Dems need to act this way. Repubs never hold their tongue!

Jeff Tone said...

Agreed, Corey!

Michael J. Mand said...

As a helath care provider, although dentistry is not reallyh affected by the current Affordable Health Care Act, I have many concerns. But, there is no doubt that we need healthcare reform in the United States, and Rep. Pascrell is absolutely correct. the Republicans have offered nothing except obstructionism. I'd be willing to listen to an alternative plan. But there is none!

Rant alert:

I'm for beginning Medicare at birth, but the way providers are compensated for their services must be reformed as well. Medicare is a form of socialism of which I approve. Curerntly, as the system stands now and under Obamacare, providers are compensated capitalistically (Is that a word?) This means that controlling costs will be on the backs of those providers. I know this; I experience this at the clinic in which I work on Mondays. It has gotten so bad that the owners of the clinic, which is not non-profit, have decided to cut their losses and drop out of public health dentistry. It has become cheaper for them to pay me not to work, than it is to have me work on public assisted patients.

Here's my solution. Stop reimbusing based on procedures (captialism) while offering all care based on need (sociallism)and offer free medical education and a decent salary to providers who choose to participate in the public program. Otherwise the quality of care in this country will continue to fall.

Jeff Tone said...

Michael, I agree with your ultimate solution: Medicare for all.