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Let Them Try To Repeal Healthcare Reform

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Gene Lyons has a post up at Salon that captures what I have been thinking about the upcoming mid-terms and the “Obamacare” scare tactics.

In “Don’t be fooled by the GOP’s sick healthcare rhetoric” Lyons makes some good points about the right’s plan to run on a distortion of Democratic accomplishments.

For example:

Is there anybody capable of filling out Form 1040 EZ who buys this latest Republican fantasy? Alas, yes. A clamorous minority remains captive to the GOP’s decades-long War on Arithmetic. The more dramatically “conservative” economic dogma fails — there’s nothing conservative about believing in magic — the greater their cultlike need to believe it.

But Lyons makes an important observation in the next graph:

Obamacare’s problems, however, are somewhat of the White House’s own making. Polls have shown that while the law’s unpopular in the abstract, its constituent parts earn wide approval. That’s partly because GOP propaganda, “government takeover,” “death panels,” etc., scared low-information voters; partly because the bill’s so complex that few really understand how it works.

It is simply not a believable argument that Republicans are going to repeal Healthcare Reform. The logistics aren’t there for them to win a veto-proof majority, and if the Democrats would merely make the Republicans answer exactly what popular provision they would like to cut (or, not answer, as the case may be) there is little chance this meme will remain potent.

The article also outlines exactly what is wrong with the Republican position. They treat healthcare as a commodity, and of necessity eliminate people who have preexisting conditions from having access to treatment. To save money.

“Obamacare” addresses this by mandating insurance to increase the pool, and lower the costs for everyone.

The Republican plan tackles costs by — oh, wait. They don’t have one. Except for the red herring of tort reform (which does not lower costs in any way according to studies in states where it has been enacted).

In any case, the county isn’t going to go backward.

Lyons cites a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study that shows that 4 in 10 respondents don’t think there is enough reform in the legislation.

In order to tackle the nation’s problems, we need a serious discussion about how to fix things and be honest about what sacrifices we need to make.

Eventually, some form of single payer will have to be enacted. It presents the most cost controls, the least complex administration and the most benefits.

If the Democrats were smart, they would run on trying to pass that. The tide is turning.

-Chris

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September 30, 2010 - Posted by | Democrats, Health Care, Health Care Reform, Politics, Republicans, Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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