126 Days Later and Still No Republican Healthcare Reform Proposal

This morning House Democrats took to the floor to point out that it has now been 126 days, and Republicans have still not offered their healthcare reform proposal. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said, “Rather than working with Democrats, Republicans are choosing to be the party of no and the status quo. No is not a solution.”

Here is the video courtesy of Daily Kos TV:

Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) said, “It’s been 126 days and the minority party has not given us their plan for health care. What they have given America’s seniors is a lot of misrepresentations on Medicare. This bill does not cut Medicare benefits for seniors. It cuts corporate welfare for insurance companies.”

Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) said, “I’m a patient man so I have been willing to take my Republican colleagues at their word that they’re not really trying to obstruct health care reform that they want to fix the system as well. So I have been willing to wait for a plan and many people out there in the public have been willing to wait as well for the Republicans to produce a health care reform plan before they pass judgment on what the best course is to fix our broken health care system. 126 days later, we are tired of waiting. Americans are ready for health care reform now because they want an affordable choice that competes with private plans. They know that they are one bad checkup, one pink slip away from being kicked off their coverage. And they can’t wait any longer for Republicans to share their solution.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said, “Rather than working with Democrats, Republicans are choosing to be the party of no and the status quo. No is not a solution. Saying no costs the average family $1,800 in increased health costs each year. Health insurance reform is about putting the American people and doctors back in charge, not the insurance companies to guarantee stability, lower costs, higher quality, and more choices of plans. Our friends on the other side of the aisle can’t run away from the fact that they have no plan as much as they might like to.”

The political timing is right for Democrats to turn up the pressure on Republicans when it comes to healthcare. The GOP used up all of their ammo at the town halls in August. Public opinion has turned in favor of reform, and the Republicans are offering nothing, but repetition of the same scare tactics that they used this summer.

One of the reasons why Republicans are going to end up losing the debate on healthcare is that they completely underestimated the support for reform. They were able to mount a month long campaign to drive support down, but they made a huge mistake when they decided that they didn’t have to offer their own solutions.

Democrats are going to pass a healthcare reform bill, and the Republicans can kid themselves into believes that this will carry them back to victory, but the truth is that their just say no stance is just likely to hurt them in 2012 as it is to help them in 2010. Whatever short term morale boost this gives to the base will be offset by the ground they will lose with Independents.

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  2. Perhaps Jason Easley should consult with the latest polling numbers which show a majority of Americans currently disapproving of the way Obama is handling major policy issues, including healthcare reform.

    This is yet another example of the Democratic Party and their supporters attempting to quash the debate and claim victory when, in fact, no such victory has been achieved or is even in the offing.

    Here is what is true: There exists support for “reform” – as in there is a general consensus that the current system is flawed and needs to be overhauled.

    Beyond that there is no support or consensus about what the “reform” should actually consist of. There is no unprecedented consensus among Democrats and Republicans, despite Obama’s claims to the contrary. For that matter, there is no consensus among even Democrats, as some are strongly in favor of the Public Option while others are opposed to it.

    There is certainly no consensus among healthcare providers, the insurance industry, the Chamber of Commerce, small business owners, or even trial lawyers.

    In point of fact, there is hardly any consensus among two or more different bodies regading what healthcare “reform” should look like.

    At present the only thing that can be said with any certainty is that most Americans support “reform.”

    Beyond that, there is nothing, and any claim to the contrary is misleading and unsubstantiated.

    A word to Jason Easley: stop insulting your readers’ intelligence. They know far more than you think they do or give them credit for.

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