Uncommon Sense

September 24, 2017

Republican Healthcare Policy Laziness

Once again the GOP has a proposed policy in the U.S. Senate to “Repeal and Replace™” Obamacare. That it would repeal Obamacare is without doubt, the problem comes with the “replace” part. They can’t seem to come up with anything like a coherent plan to do that. Their latest effort seems to be the worst of the recent lot and opposed by even the health insurance lobby along with the other usual suspects.

The GOP seems like the student looking for the minimum effort path through a college course of study. They want a passing grade but they really do not want to have to do any real work. Consider the following alternate scenario: after the passage of Obamacare, the GOP (one of its plutocratic sponsors pays for the effort) sets up a private study group to come up with a better plan. They have access to all kinds of healthcare experts, policy wonks, and expertise in the insurance marketplace. They come up with a water tight plan to pull out of their pocket at a moment’s notice. Ta da!

There are any number of available working models. The Swiss have a model that works, built entirely upon private insurance companies; that should appeal to the small government types. The Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA all have systems that work quite well, with high patient satisfaction levels. (The VA’s much touted problems are administrative and mostly related to computer services and processing of new members, not based on quality of service.) The models they do not favor, like those in the UK and France are well-documented to supply them with evidence against those systems should they need any. This is a piece for cake for consultants willing to accept the generous funding supplied (a few million bucks one way or another).

So, why hasn’t the GOP “done its homework”? Surely something better than the despised Obamacare has to be available. Maybe it has done its homework and failed to come up with something better. I believe there are all kinds of things better than Obamacare, but the genie has been let out of the bottle. All of the better alternatives lead away from GOP cherished ideologies and not toward them. The Swiss system of health insurance, which is intensely driven through private insurance companies, is heavily regulated by the government, for instance.

I guess there is no system that works that includes the GOP preferred “pay as you go,” market-based, non-governmental ideology. Interesting.

Or maybe the GOP’s representatives are just lazy, stupid, and mean. Occam’s razor applies here.

11 Comments »

  1. “All of the better alternatives lead away from GOP cherished ideologies and not toward them.” And therein lies the problem.

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    Comment by Nan — September 24, 2017 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  2. The GOP simply needs to admit they hate poor, disabled, sick, and elderly people; then they need to supply each state with a working gas chamber and crematorium to get rid of them all. This would at least be honest of them, but honesty and the GOP go together like oil and water: the two simply cannot be mixed together.

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    Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — September 24, 2017 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

  3. Liked by 4 people

    Comment by john zande — September 24, 2017 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

    • If he could do this, he would.

      Liked by 2 people

      Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — September 24, 2017 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

      • aint that the truth

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by john zande — September 24, 2017 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

      • Just saw this, thought of every rational American

        Liked by 2 people

        Comment by john zande — September 24, 2017 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

        • Many NFL football players and owners are protesting Trump today by taking a knee and/or joining their arms together in solidarity during the National Anthem to protest Trump tweeting that those who take a knee during said anthem, read “black” players, are sons of bitches who should be fined and/or fired for doing so. He’s asking people to not go to or watch games until this happens. He might as well ask Pence to give up Jesus if he expects Americans to give up their favorite Sunday religious activity: NFL Football. Trumpanzees will bitch along with their master about this, but there’s no way in hell they’ll give up football. He picked a battle he simply can’t win here. At least this one isn’t going to end in a nuclear war like the one he’s got going on with Lil Kimmy of North Korea.

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          Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — September 24, 2017 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

          • I remind you all, don’t forget Bannon wants you all talking race. If you are, in his words, “we’ll crush them.”

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            Comment by john zande — September 24, 2017 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

            • Oh, that Bannon, he’s such an empathetic fells. Handsome, too.

              Liked by 1 person

              Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — September 24, 2017 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

              • I vote that they are lazy, stupid, and mean. Bloody mean spirited for sure. Nasty greedy moronic clowns. I continue to refuse to use a capital “C” when mentioning congress until we have more than a tiny, almost unimaginable tiny, number of honest members in BOTH houses of that body.

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                Comment by davidambrose66 — September 24, 2017 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

          • $AMEN$ 🙂

            Liked by 1 person

            Comment by Nan — September 24, 2017 @ 4:08 pm | Reply


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