NOTE: The numbered items below are taken from a Republican Party health care flier handed out at various health care demonstrations.
1. We need to reform health care. It costs too much.
Republicans under Bush did nothing to reform the health care industry. There is no historical track record of Republican health care reform. Thus, current proposals reek of partisan political charades and complete and total dishonesty.
2. Make health insurance portable so Americans can keep their coverage when they change jobs.
3. Provide tax credits to make health care more affordable and accessible.
In addition to solving none of the things noted previously, this was first proposed by John McCain while running for president. Prior to that, there is no record of Republican tax credit proposals. On the contrary, Republicans in Congress under Bush pushed to reduce federal funding, including opposing helping uninsured children.
5. Democrat proposals will raise taxes by 800 billion, mostly on small business.
President Obama has proposed raising taxes on personal net income over 250K to help pay for health care reform. Republican opposition is a continuation of the ongoing “Joe the Plumber” lie never dissected properly by the media; almost no plumbers or owners of small independently-owned companies earn over 250K annually after deductions. Also, businesses employing less than 50 people will not be required to pay for health care under proposed reforms.
This is not at all what Obama and the Democrats are proposing but even if it was, it would serve to greatly reduce the cost for everyone, if the health care industry was forced to bid against the entire U.S. population base.
Since deregulation began under Ronald Reagan, major insurance corporations have essentially become a monopoly, unfairly driving out smaller competitors and, insurers who attempted to provide honest coverage. Predominately supported by Republicans, deregulation reduced and eliminated rules that once prevented the industry from refusing to pay for expensive treatments and, protected poor and elderly patients from being literally dumped out the backs of ambulances onto Skid Row, as was famously video taped and revealed on national television.
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