Republicans Supporting Health Care Reform

Republicans currently in Congress are determined to prevent the Democrats from having a political victory by passing health care reform, regardless of how much this is needed or how much better off the country would be. In contrast to those currently in Congress, many other Republicans are backing health care reform ideas similar to the current Democratic plans.  Arnold Schwarzenneger is the latest Republican to support health care reform, issuing this statement today backing a national push for health are reform:

For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on National Push for Health Care Reform

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement urging the passage of health care reform at the national level:

“As Governor, I have made significant efforts to advance health reform in California. As the Obama Administration was launching the current debate on health care reform, I hosted a bipartisan forum in our state because I believe in the vital importance of this issue, and that it should be addressed through bipartisan cooperation.

“Our principal goals, slowing the growth in costs, enhancing the quality of care delivered, improving the lives of individuals, and helping to ensure a strong economic recovery, are the same goals that the president is trying to achieve. I appreciate his partnership with the states and encourage our colleagues on both sides of the political aisle at the national level to move forward and accomplish these vital goals for the American people.

Earlier in the year, former Republican Senate leaders Bob Dole and Howard Baker backed ideas similar to the current health care reform legislation. Bill Frist also agreed recently. In many ways the current Democratic proposals are like Mitt Romney’s plan, with ideas on financing coming from John McCain.

Even Bobby Jindal supports the ideas in the current health care proposals, even if he isn’t bright enough to realize it. In yesterday’s Washington Post, Bobby Jindal wrote a bizarre op-ed in which he claimed, “The debate on health care has moved on. Democratic plans for a government takeover are passé.” Jindal showed he doesn’t really understand what is in the Democratic plans, such as with his false characterization of them as a “government takeover.” Jindal then proceeded to lay out what he considered Republican ideas for health care reform, and they wound up being fairly close to the current Democratic ideas which he claims are passé. The difference is that Jindal just provided general principles without any concrete mechanism to put these ideas into practice–such as those present in the Democratic health care proposals.

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    Wellescent Health Blog says:

    It is very important that bipartisan support for health reform is being shown rather than the political posturing that has taken place so far. Without visible support for a common goal, is is very difficult to carry on any intelligent debate capable of allowing the best ideas from all contributors to shape the result. However it is unfortunate that the support has come so late and that the ideas in the bill are largely those of the Democrats. However, assuming the bill passes, there at least exists a better plan that can be molded in the future.

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    Eclectic Radical says:

    ‘The difference is that Jindal just provided general principles without any concrete mechanism to put these ideas into practice–such as those present in the Democratic health care proposals.’
     
    This is a fairly common problem with Republican policy in general, and health care policy in specific. Several of the alternate Republican bills are simply sets of guidelines that set no actual policy at all.  CPR was like this, a lot of the language was vague and the only definitive language was the section on Medicare rationing and price hikes.
     
    It’s also not unheard of for Republicans opposing health care reform to advance identical ideas.  The Patients’ Choice Act is very much like the Democratic bills in its basic structure. The fundamental difference is that it fobs the providing of ‘public options’ and insurance regulation off on the states in the form of a questionably funded mandate. Of course, it also has the usual Republican favorite toys: defanging of the states’ power to set quality standards, HSAs, etc.
     
    As a side note, Southern Beale wrote an interesting piece on HSAs as they currently exist. It’s quite illuminating. Her description of her experiences is very similar to my partner’s experience with her ‘flexible spending’ account through her own insurance. It’s deliberately made much more trouble than it is worth to put money into it, as a result people don’t use it and it’s another way for the insurance company to take your money.
     

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