GOP Yet to BEGIN Debating ObamaCare

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The title of a CNN editorial by Orrin Hatch -- "Why Fight Against Obamacare Isn't Over" -- tells only half the story. I'll let the Republican Senator start telling the other half:

At the same time, we would not return to the status quo before Obamacare. Insurance plans would still be required to maintain common sense consumer protections, including covering those with pre-existing conditions and allowing individuals to stay on their parents' plan until age 26.
This exemplifies what's wrong with the Republicans' unprincipled "opposition" to ObamaCare that their motto of "Repeal and Replace" has long foreshadowed. As I said in that previous post, aside from controls (which Hatch seems to like) breeding controls:
[T]here is no grasp of what is morally wrong with this bill evident in the short piece at the Caucus political blog. The "health spending law"? Excuse me while I whistle through my teeth. Is that all you've got in the outrage department, Mr. McConnell? Congress just told your constituents to buy medical coverage whether they want it or not, and that it will pay for whatever the government deems necessary for their medical care. They were just converted -- legally, anyway -- into state property. Screw spending. This is the worst violation of my person and danger to my life to come from Washington, bar none. This is also true for each of your constituents, whether they are aware of this or not. [link added]
Had the Republicans grasped this, they would not only see that accepting any part of such a plan would leave us on the slippery slope right back to it. Dictating any aspect of a contract between two individuals sets the precedent for issuing everyone marching orders in the form of contracts-in-name-only.

The debate isn't over because the Republicans are on the right side and will fight tooth and nail for the truth: From what I can tell, it isn't over because it hasn't even started. Everyone is on the same side, namely that of the government running everything.

-- CAV


Scott Holleran said...

That's it exactly (and, in fact, Hatch has always been a staunch advocate for government-controlled health care). Good post, Gus.

Gus Van Horn said...

Thanks, Scott. Also, I just realized that, when I posted this this morning, I slipped from "fight" to debate, but that's not really an issue.

How, after all, can you fight against something you don't really disagree with?