Friday, March 14, 2014

Ted Cruz: GOP Can Repeal Obamacare In 2015

For the 50th time, House Republicans wasted time and money with a vote to repeal Obamacare. Regardless, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told ABC's Jonathan Karl that "every single word" of Obamacare can still be repealed in 2015–and, mind you, while President Obama is still in office. Cruz said, "You know, what's funny, Jon, is the media treats that as a bizarre proposition." Karl responded, "Well, it is. It is a bizarre proposition." Apparently it isn't bizarre in Republican Bizarro Land. Watch:


Michael J. Mand said...

This obsession has gotten way out of hand, and the president is partly to blame. 2400 pages? Why so long? Why all the political exemptions just to get the law passed? The law is way too complicated, and I say needlessly. Most Americans don't understand it and Republicans exploit this with a "bumper sticker" assertions and a deliberate lack of intelligent explanation.

Healthcare reform requires compromise. It is obvious that Obamacare benefits many who are either uninsured or underinsured. It benefits many who, until now, avoided employment mobility for fear of losing coverage for conditions that already exist. But the administration has done a MISERABLE (emphasis deliberate) job of explaining to those who are satisfied with our current healthcare situations, why reform is in their interests as well. For these people, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it, applies. These are the people upon whom Republicans are focusing. And with each additional anecdote of failure their fire is stoked.

Simply stated, we need to issue a Medicare card with every birth dertificate, free medical education and tort reform.

But - and here is where I part with many of my friends who suport healthcare reform most emphatically - accompanying this Medicare card given to all Americans should be a responsibility card, explaining not only what is expected from health care providers, but what is expected of the recipient of treatment as well. As a healthcare provider of pulicly financed dental care, I have learned first hand that that part of the equation cannot be addressed too soon. Unless expectations are addressed more established providers will continue to avoid involvement participation.

Unitl the administration simplifies the system and its explanations of it, Republicans such as Ted Cruz will continue to express his vociferous opposition. Even when they say nothing of substance.

End of rant.

Jeff Tone said...

Why so long and complicated? Partly because of the many compromises to get private insurance and pharmaceuticals to go along, plus futile attempts to get conservatives on board. I do agree that universal health care is the ultimate solution.