If you’re one of the Obamabots who believe everything the New York Times regurgitates, you’d never know the GOP has offered several counter proposals to ObamaCare, and every one of them was shelved by the Democrats.
Obama, the NYT sobbed, “waited in vain for a bipartisan compromise to emerge — a virtual impossibility from the start given the determination of top Republicans to kill his effort and cripple his administration.”
Pass the fucking Kleenex and read:
The three Republican bills total just about 400 pages and have been on the table since May and June. They contain preventive health care, tax credits, and reduction of fraud and abuse in existing federal health care programs.
Health Care Freedom Plan, S. 1324
Empowering Patients First Act, H.R. 3400
Another one recently introduced by Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), is H.R. 3217, Health Care Choice Act of 2009.
Health Care Choice Act of 2009 – Amends the Public Health Service Act to provide that the laws of the state designated by a health insurance issuer (primary state) shall apply to individual health insurance coverage offered by that issuer in the primary state and in any other state (secondary state), but only if the coverage and issuer comply with the conditions of this Act. Exempts issuers from any secondary state’s laws that would prohibit or regulate the operation of the issuer in such state, subject to certain restrictions imposed by such state.
Specifies the notice that an issuer must provide in any insurance coverage offered in a secondary state and at renewal of the policy. Requires each issuer issuing individual health insurance coverage in both primary and secondary states to submit to the insurance commissioners of such states: (1) a copy of the plan of operation or feasibility study; (2) written notice of any change in its designation of its primary state and of its compliance with all the laws of the primary state; and (3) a quarterly financial statement. Prohibits an issuer from offering, selling, or issuing individual health insurance coverage in a secondary state if the state insurance commissioner does not use a risk-based capital formula for the determination of capital and surplus requirements for all issuers.
Gives sole jurisdiction to the primary state to enforce the primary state’s covered laws in the primary state and any secondary state. Requires the Comptroller General to study and report to Congress on the effect of this Act on specified health insurance issues.
Neal Boortz has a few suggestions, some of which are contained in the Republican bills:
Allow people to buy health insurance across state lines. Eliminate mandates for health insurance policies, which drive up policy costs. Allow employees to actually own the policies their employers pay for … which would mean they could take those policies with them. Allow people to form groups to buy large group policies. Allow people to deduct the cost of their health insurance from their taxable income like employers can. Expand health savings accounts. Tort reform.
The recent “bi-partisan” meeting Obama held is a farce. He has no interest in abdicating his vision of a dictatorial government healthcare system.