GOP on Health Care: In 568 words, what's wrong with 1,990 pages (Boehner radio address)
Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2009 3:10:01 PM by GVnana
In 568 words, what's wrong with 1,990 pages
By: Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent
10/31/09 10:44 AM EDT
House Republican Leader John Boehner gave the Republican radio address today, and in 568 words made a simple and compelling case for what is wrong with the Democrats' 1,990-page health care proposal -- and for what should be done instead.
"This 1,990 pages of bureaucracy will centralize health care decision making in Washington, DC," Boehner said. "It’ll require thousands of new federal employees. It’ll put unelected boards, bureaus, and commissions in charge of who gets access to what drug and what potentially life-saving treatment."
"The best way to get a sense of what Speaker Pelosi’s takeover of health care looks like is to actually look at it," Boehner continued. "Just shy of 2,000 pages, it runs more than 620 pages longer than the government-run plan Hillary Clinton proposed in 1993."
Boehner then offered four proposals to improve the health care situation in America -- not a universal fix, but four significant improvements:
Number one: let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines;
Number two: allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do today;
Number three: give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs; and
Number four: end junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it's good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.
Excerpt: Read more at Washington Examiner
Will someone explain to us why the Healthcare bill in the house that Speaker Pelosi is touting is almost 2,000 pages in length? Why? What are the lobbiest hiding in that bill is what we would like to know. The Republican bill is much shorter by hundreds and hundreds of pages and is common sense. Most importantly, it is easily understood. That is probably the problem with the Republican version Obama, Pelosi, and Reid don't want to consider -- Common Sense, Easily Understood, Choice, and calls for Tort Reform. The last item is something the Democrats don't want to touch with a 10-foot pole as they are beholding to the Trial Attorneys for their large donations.
Demand answers from your Congressman on why the Democrat bill is almost 2,000 pages in length. We will put up an analysis of the bill as soon as it is available as we want the experts to tell us what is in the bill so nothing is missed. All we know is that a 2,000 page bill is flat out wrong and would bet it makes the Government option (not matter the name) mandatory.
As someone who is part of the Federal Employees Health Benefit program, trust me you don't want the Federal Government involved in Healthcare. That doesn't even include my bad experiences with Medicare which I handled for my Mom when she was alive which would take up page after page. Federal Employees and retirees just received one of the largest increases in what we pay in the last 30 years. Our benefit plan is now over $400 a month which is almost a $50 a month increase.
For any of you out there that thinks Federal employees and retirees get their insurance for next to nothing, think again. A lot of companies have dropped out of the Federal plan so we are left with few choices. We are happy with our insurance but extremely unhappy with the increased out of pocket along with increased premiums. If this is an example of Hope and Change, we can do without it.
SPECIAL ALERT: BOEHNER DELIVERS WEEKLY REPUBLICAN ADDRESS
“Only Republicans have offered solutions to lower health care costs and make it easier to obtain quality, affordable coverage without imposing a massive burden on the American people.”
October 31, 2009
Congressman John Boehner today delivered the Weekly Republican Address, where he discussed Republican health care solutions to lower health care costs, and make it easier to obtain quality, affordable coverage without imposing a massive burden on the American people. Audio of the address is available here; video of the address is available here
“At the beginning of this year, I told President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Republicans would be ready to work with them whenever possible to address the nation’s biggest challenges. I also said that where there were differences, it was our obligation as a party to explain to the American people how we would do things better…
“We now have a choice: we can come together to implement smart, fiscally responsible reforms, or we can recklessly abandon it in favor of a partisan government takeover that creates far more problems than it solves.”In his address, Boehner highlighted the following four smart, fiscally-responsible reforms to lower costs and expand access:1. Let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.To learn more about these and all the health care initiatives Republicans support, please visit healthcare.gop.gov
2. Allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do.
3. Give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.
4. End junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it’s good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.