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Can a leopard change it's spots?
Neither can Republicans change their policies.
The GOP's much awaited "Pledge to America" is being unveiled today. Read excerpts here now.
Excuse me for saying right up front that the Republican "Pledge" equals the same old sh*t.
A group of deficit spending, fiscally irresponsible Republicans.....the very same Republicans who never saw a Bush deficit expanding, spending bill they didn't vote for....are now trying to tell Americans that they have answers to our nation's economic problems.
"We offer a plan to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care with common-sense solutions focused on lowering costs and protecting American jobs.We will enact real medical liability reform; allow Americans to purchase health coverage across state lines; empower small businesses with greater purchasing power; and create new incentives to save for future health needs. We will protect the doctor-patient relationship, and ensure that those with pre-existing conditions gain access to the coverage they need. We will permanently end taxpayer funding of abortion and codify the Hyde Amendment."
Republicans are pledging, if voters are so foolish to give them the keys to Congress, to repeal sweeping national health care reform passed last year by 60 U.S. Senators. Republicans vow to scrub the very reform which Barack Obama made his signature campaign promise when 53% of the electorate put him in the White House.
So much for...."by the people." I guess.
Check out the well-worn details....
"enact medical liability reform".......Republicans are always at war with those evil American trial lawyers. Even though medical malpractice suits and insurance only contribute a tiny fraction to the cost of health care......Republicans pledge to protect the even tinier percentage of malpracticing doctors and hospitals, if and when, say, they accidentally paralyze or kill your child. Limiting punitive awards in cases where.....well....doctors paralyze or kill children.
It's a GOP pledge to help the already-wealthy doctor, hospital CEO set....and a pledge to dismiss medical accidents done to average American patients as the cost of doing business.
"purchase health coverage across state lines"......America's largest health insurers already have a presence in all 50 states. Having carved out, over decades, their own state insurance fiefdoms by compromising state insurance commissioners offices......Republicans are now telling us that SOMEONE is preventing health insurance companies from competing nationwide.
Another embarassing, look over there.....diversion.
"create new incentives to save for future health needs"......In other words.....health savings accounts....more tax cuts for America's wealthiest. I know, a real shocker......didn't see that one coming. If Americans could save enough money to pay for, say, bypass surgery, they could afford freaking health insurance. The problem for Americans today is that health insurance and modern medical practices cost too much. One catastrophe....and a person, a family is bankrupt.
Pledging to give America's wealthiest another tax shelter does absolutely nothing to lower costs. It's a bone to the constituency of the GOP.....the top 5%.
"ensure that those with pre-existing conditions gain access to the coverage they need".....This part of the GOP pledge should have been labeled the WTF provision. Like in, WTF are you talking about? Democrats already passed legislation to insure that pre-existing condition patients have access to insurance.
Here's my personal favorite..... "We will permanently end taxpayer funding of abortion and codify the Hyde Amendment." My question to pledging Republicans would be: How long have you guys been smoking crack?
No taxes go to pay for abortions. Nothing in the Democrats' health reform bill allowed for tax dollars to pay for abortions. Families or individuals who purchase health insurance in the future from the health insurance exchanges set up in the legislation.....must pay for coverage for abortions out of their own pocket.....no subsidies allowed. Those who imply or state otherwise are lying or just simply making sh*t up. The Hyde Amendment, as evil and black-hearted as it is, has not been affected one iota by the health care reform legislation.
Summarizing: Republicans don't do governance. They are basically anti-government as they follow the footsteps of Alzheimer Ronnie. What they are good at is deception, creating illusions.....as TurdBlossom said, "creating reality."
The Pledge to America is yet another example. It is valueless.
UPDATE: This is just so extra special....
"The Republican Party's 21-page blueprint, "Pledge to America," was put together with oversight by a House staffer who, up till April 2010, served as a lobbyist for some of the nation's most powerful oil, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies."
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