Republicans are Liars and gamers of the system who assume (rightly in the case of their own “average” supporters) that the American People are too stupid to see right through them. When they held power, they were arrogant bullies who forced Democrats into literal closets to hold hearings and considered bipartisanship “date-rape.” Now that the pigs are out of power, they whine about bipartisanship when they continue to oppose anything to save Americans in the wake of the destructive Republican policies, in spite of the many concessions to woo their support. Of course, that begs the question “why bother” watering down the Democratic agenda when the Republican strategy will inevitably be one of obstructionism and lies.
When in power, Republicans did nothing to solve the problems in Health Insurance. When out of power they lie and dig in their heals for the sake of the status quo.
Tort reform, buying insurance across state lines, MORE unfettering of the insurance companies!
These are the Republican “ideas” that the ideologues continuously harp on as “solutions” to fix our immoral, expensive and broken health care system. Unfortunately for those of us who live in the reality-based community, these “ideas” do nothing to rectify the problem that 45,000 of our fellow citizens die each year for lack of health care and millions go bankrupt, but only serve to inject ideological-based poison pills into an already broken system that would only further ingratiate the rich.
For example, failed state and pimple on the ass of America, Texas, has capped medical malpractice settlements at $250,000 and it did NOTHING to stem the rising cost of health insurance – NOTHING. In fact, Texas is STILL home to three of the top ten most expensive cities in the country to receive health care. Why do Republicans insist on pushing tort reform? Because their TRUE constituents- THE RICH can make more profit if they don’t have to pay restitution for say, removing your good kidney instead of your bad one… or anything else for that matter.
Of course, the Republicans are forced to say that they are doing it for “The People” because, quite frankly, we outnumber them! So they must pay propagandists like Rush Limbaugh millions to run his protection racket to get the “everyman” dupes to nod their head in agreement when he barks, “tort reform” – and unwittingly disempower themselves yet again for the sake of their masters.
What about the “buying insurance across state lines increases competition” meme? Sounds good, but again, IT DOESN’T WORK! All one has to do is to look at the example of credit card companies. Ever wonder why all your credit card bills come from Delaware? Well, because that’s the state with the least regulation for credit cards so they all flock there to have more power to exploit the little guy.
Another favorite Republican image of Utopia is where corporations can screw you royally without the only institution large enough– the government of We The People – standing in the way. That ridiculous idea is, again, their answer for fixing a broken health care system.
And speaking of “again”…. The last Republican “idea” is – AS USUAL – TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY!
Republicans cry “tax cuts for the wealthy” like the Easter Island priests cried, “build one more Moai and the crops will return!” Anyone with a grasp of history or reality knows that building of Moai statues was the reason the crops failed again and again and the civilization collapsed. The Rapa Nui leaders – predecessors to modern Republicans – were prescribing the very thing that was destroying them as the remedy for their collapsing system.
That is the vision Republicans leave for us every time they get their boney fingers around the neck of power.
They reason the Republicans never did anything about the abysmal health care system when they actually were in power because, to them, it was a system that worked. The “right” people (the wealthy) always have access to health care and anything else they want and it was (and is) extremely profitable those like United Healthcare CEO Bill McGuire who made a 1.6 BILLION dollar bonus for DENYING HEALTHCARE to sick people. Those that die are the powerless. They have no money and subsequently no voice… so they don’t f’ing matter. Plain and simple. George W. Bush said there was no problem in health care because everyone can go the the ER if they are sick. That broken system was no problem then. “Everyone agrees that reform is necessary” became the Republican talking point when it was clear that the Democrats were going to actually do something about it.
The facts are clear. Wealthy Republicans view the rest of humanity exists merely as hosts from which to suck profit and “average” Republicans are woefully misinformed by design, willfully ignorant by choice who hope that their complicity with their economic overlords will make them one day meet them for a beer. Can’t work because you’re sick? Well, do your patriotic duty and die quickly.
I am not happy about this bill. Like Dennis Kucinich, I wanted UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE like every other civilized nation on Earth. As it stands, this bill only ensures that 95% get coverage- so the 5% left out can “eat cake” or die quickly, I suppose.
What I do like about it is that it has shone a light on the ugliness and the uselessness of the Republican Party. There they are again, loudly on the wrong side of history.
I also trust that in typical Republican form, idiot Teabaggers will be the first in line to take advantage of the reforms — sucking on the government teat while decrying the system – as usual. We normal people must endure them now like the normal people 40 years ago endured the idiots who stood in the way of children attempting to get an education in an integrated school.
We must not only endure them, we must fight them.
Take a lesson from history. If the normal people of Easter Island had stood up to their ideologues, they may have left a vibrant, thriving civilization instead of a desolate, abandoned rock littered with mysterious statues.
We must continue to stand up to their ignorance and EVOLVE. Let’s make a world that works for everyone – not just the top 1%. I know we are fatigued from this fight. The harder the residence and the louder and more ridiculous the lies from Republicans, the more we will know we are actually headed in the right direction. The passage of this bill is not the end. It is the BEGINNING! Next stop – Medicare buy-in Public Option FOR ALL!
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