Republicans have had a variety of answers as to why universal healthcare will not work. One of their biggest and loudest points has to do with big government (cue scary music). To them, the government is not the solution to any problem. The government is treated with the same rhetoric as is Communism, as if our government were not made up of Americans. In my opinion, we get the government that we deserve and have asked for. If we continue to browbeat government employees, cut wages and cut benefits, we are not going get the best and the brightest.
President Obama’s hybrid healthcare plan, which is a mix of public and private healthcare, is getting bogged down in Congress. It is quickly turning into an option that is not viable. The Daily Kos has more —
The “progressives” at Third Way, that moderate public policy think thank tank that apparently exists to make the DLC look like regular liberal firebrands, turned their hyper-incrementalist bullshit domestic policy sites on something that matters: the public option in the health care reform package.
This leaked draft [pdf] of their upcoming policy paper shows that they’re not even going for a hyper-incrementalist watering down of the public option–they’re trying to kill it. Here’s their premise:
Whether health care reform should include a “public plan” is an issue that now threatens to fracture the emerging consensus on health reform. If left unresolved, the debate over a public plan could derail the broader reform agenda while other pressing issues central to reform are put on hold.
The proponents of a public plan seek the right goals—to broaden access and lower costs. But there is a very real danger that an overly intrusive public plan can ultimately undermine these very goals and destabilize the private-sector coverage that middle-class Americans—i.e., Harry and Louise—depend on and are largely satisfied with.
They actually invoke Harry and Louise again, which is fitting, since Harry and Louise were a creation of the insurance industry, much like this plan seems to be. In the event that Third Way forgot, “proponents” of the public option include President Obama, one of the key Senate leaders on the issue, and the largest voting bloc in the House of Representatives. It’s not a fringe group of DFHers who want a solid public option. It’s the consensus of the majority of Democrats. And the President. (more…)