If John Boehner thinks that the electorate put Republicans in power to focus on reducing insurance rolls, restoring rescission, replacing caps on coverage, unplugging the Medicare doughnut hole, and restoring bans on preexisting conditions in the face of the worst recession since the 30s, he's got a rude awakening in store. If the Republicans move to shut down the government over this and/or EPA regulations while conducting witch hunts against the administration, independent voters will turn on them just as they did in the 90s.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Calling the Affordable Care Act a "monstrosity," new House Speaker John Boehner claimed a Republican mandate to repeal it and replace it with "commonsense reforms." He did not explain what those were, although past Republican proposals called for removing restrictions on insurance companies from selling across state lines. As other Republican proposals, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would add 3,000,000 -- not 32,000,000 -- people to the health care "system," the "commonsense proposals" effectively amount to the federal government doing nothing other than acting as a bagman for the five companies (Aetna, Cigna, Humana, United Healthcare, and Wellpoint) that sell most of the health insurance in the United States. (Wellpoint is an amalgamation of the Blues.)
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