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What A Boehner

By The Reverend Published: October 31, 2009

John Boehner (R-OH), like the FOX "news" network, often practices the ancient mysterious art of "making sh*t up." That's what he did this morning in the above video clip.

"We first released our health-care plan in June, and over the last six months, we have introduced at least eight bills that, taken together, would implement this blueprint,"

So says Boehner. Did the GOP "release" their health care plan in June?

CNN reports...

The GOP released the guiding principles of its health-care agenda in June, but did not release a comprehensive legislative blueprint at that point. Republican congressional leaders have said the party is in the process of crafting a substitute.

The background here....

February 4, 2009...Boehner selects Roy Blunt (R-MO) to chair the Republicans' Health Care Task Force.

June 17, 2009...

Roll Call reported: "House Republicans presented a four-page outline of their health care reform plan Wednesday but said they didn't know yet how much it would cost, how they would pay for it and how many of the nearly 50 million Americans without insurance would be covered by it."

Blunt, that day....

"I guarantee you we will provide you with a bill."

July 10, 2009....Congressman Blunt praised his Party's four page outline on the radio and declared, "Our plan is actually much more detailed than their plan has been... I think we're more prepared to debate our plan than they are."

Twelve days later, July 22, Blunt, amazingly, said this....

"Our bill is never going to get to the floor, so why confuse the focus? We clearly have principles; we could have language, but why start diverting attention from this really bad piece of work they've got to whatever we're offering right now?"

You know, "why confuse the focus", by following through on what he and Boehner promised? No package of health reform alternatives were ever written or submitted by Republicans. Blunt, himself, admitted that Republicans had no legislative "language."

That brings us back to today's Boehner bullpucky....

Boehner's four points ...

Number one: let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.

Number two: allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do.

Number three: give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.

Number four: end junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it's good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.

Once again...no numbers, no fleshing out of much of anything.....just four Republican

talking points "guiding principles", the same ones we've been hearing for years. What we haven't seen, however, is a genuine alternative plan....what CNN referred to as a "comprehensive legislative blueprint".....proving yet again, that Boehner, in typical GOP fashion, simply "makes sh*t up."

Let's review what are, at best, four GOP talking points. It's all we have to work with from the party of no.

Number one.....it is widely known that the biggest health insurance companies operate in virtually all 50 states. So, "buying across state lines" accomplishes, what, exactly? Would it much matter if you purchased health insurance from Aetna in New York or Aetna in Iowa..do you think? In addition, taking Boehner's number one seriously, health insurers would relocate to the states that are the least restrictive on them, which would result in less consumer choice, not more.

Number two....Boehner sets forth no larger picture view of how "groups" would go about "joining together", to theoretically, create a bigger, and thus cheaper, insurance policy pool. As far as I know, nothing prevents groups from pooling together right now.....so while Boehner may think his number two is some brilliant breakthrough, it's pretty much a puffball of rhetoric.

Number three..."give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs." Your guess is as good as mine on what the hell that sentence is supposed to mean. No further explanation, just like it's been all year for Republicans, is forthcoming.

Number four....GOP boilerplate. Tort reform. Wherever there is legislation being talked about, Republicans are always going after those Democratic-voting-and-contributing "trial lawyers." By implication, Boehner's idea of tort reform in health care would bring with it fewer medical "tests", fewer medical "procedures." Give health insurance companies a break by reforming punitive damage awards, capping punitive damages for doctors who might, you know, paralyze your child, or worse....which Boehner says would.....mean fewer medical tests and procedures. And that's supposed to be for whose benefit, again?

Just like back in June....Republicans have nothing to offer. No serious plan to extend coverage to all Americans....no serious plan to lower costs....nothing serious at all.

Still the party of the Boehner.

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