RRD:I woke up today to learn that the party that I helped put into power may be plotting to resurrect some of the most dangerous parts of Obamacare:specifically the ban on “discriminating” against those with pre-existing conditions.
That provision will destroy the last vestiges of free-market healthcare in this country & give us full-fledged socialized medicine.
The original source for this story–Politico–is not the most reliable source.
But Erick Erickson is a conservative &,is reputable,& I have no reason to doubt him when he says that:
”I’ve talked to several House Republicans who tell me the story is actually on the money and the Republicans now denying it are really playing at semantics.
These House Republicans tell me these denials about the accuracy of the story are equivalent to the House GOP semantically arguing it was living up to its Pledge to Nowhere requirement for $100 billion in cuts that actually amounted to something like $34 billion. Conservatives in the House of Representatives tell me explicitly to go with Politico on this and be very wary of the House GOP Leadership when it comes to repeal.”
Cleaning Up the GOP Moves to Texas | RedState
RRD:The fact that I don’t doubt that his conversation took place,does not mean that the House Republicans that he spoke to are correct–they may not be–but try as I might I cannot think of a single thing the GOP leadership has done since gaining power which would lead me to trust them.
And if you need to be reminded of the frightening speed with which the GOP can co-opt Teaparty Republicans(assuming they ever were Teaparty Republicans to begin with),the Club for Growth has come out with this cheerful study:
The Club For Growth’s Depressing Study: Failure and Lies of the Tea Party Congresscritters | RedState
RRD:I have often said that many Conservatives/Republicans/Teapartiers are naive if they believe–as one acquaintance put it–that Republicans are ”like whipped dogs”.They are not ”like whipped dogs”,they are like Neville Chamberlain:cowering before a external foe,but ruthless against members of their own party.(And no the Democrats are not Nazis)
Chamberlain was often viewed as a weakling;he was,when dealing with the Nazis,when dealing with the ”Troublesome young men” who supported both Churchill & England,he was vicious,as Lynne Olson has shown in her book ”Troublesome Young Men”(fn1).
From the original Politico piece:
Health care reform: GOP preps plan for ruling on law – POLITICO.com
”If the law is partially or fully overturned they’ll draw up bills to keep the popular,consumer-friendly portions in place — like allowing adult children to remain on parents’ health care plans until age 26, and forcing insurance companies to provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Ripping these provisions from law is too politically risky, Republicans say.”…
”Georgia Rep. Tom Price’s health care legislation — perhaps the most comprehensive plan — does not require insurance companies to accept everyone regardless of their expensive medical conditions. But that provision is one of the health reform law’s most popular pieces — and has been embraced by a broad swath of other Republicans.”
Erickson concludes with this statement:
”I’m afraid if the tea party is not much more successful in primarying Republican candidates and then having those guys practice what they preach, the GOP is within a decade of going the way of the Whigs.”
I don’t think it will take even half a decade.
Rush Limbaugh is speculating that this is a trial balloon floated by the GOP leadership.
I suggest you call them & explain to them that if they restore the ban against ”discriminating” against those with pre-existing conditions the Democrats will be the least of their problems.
Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped … – Lynne Olson – Google Books