The Real Reason Republicans Are Against Health Care Insurance Reform

by Ben Hoffman

While it’s true that many Republicans are in the pockets of the insurance companies, that’s not the real reason for their obstruction of insurance reform. Some may honestly believe that the insurance should be left to the free market, but that’s not the reason either.

The reasons are purely political. What happens if the democrats pass the public option and people like it? What happens if it becomes as popular as Medicare? What happens if it forces private insurers to become more efficient and lower their rates?

The Democrats will be heralded as the great reformers while the Republicans will be regarded as obstructionists. Democrats will hold onto power and perhaps even increase their majorities in the House and Senate.

It’s a big gamble for Republicans. They could be working with the Democrats in an effort to better our country, in which case they would be second fiddle but might actually gain some support. What they are wagering is an all or nothing bet. They are fighting windmills, since most of their claims are lies, but people believe them. And Democrats are caving. They’ve already removed the so called “death panel” section that provides payment to doctors for end of life consultations.

The Democrats need to develop a spine and not dignify the right-wing lies with compromises. When Republicans lie, the Democrats need to tell the public they’re lies. Sure, the Fox “News” viewers won’t believe it, but they live in an alternate reality anyway so who cares.

9 Responses to “The Real Reason Republicans Are Against Health Care Insurance Reform”

  1. It really isn’t about democrat or republican here. The government has not proven it can run a program such as medicaid or social security, and you people want to give these clowns our healthcare too? It is government regulation and outrageous malpractice insurance fees that have caused prices to go wild. How about de-regulation so insurance companies can compete across state lines. Competition drives down prices. How about tort reform to cap the settlements these ambulance chasing lawyers can get. The government should get out of the way because they can’t run anything without screwing it up….they’ve proven that time and time again.

  2. Actually Medicare and SS are run very efficiently with only a 3 or 4 percent overhead. It’s private insurance that’s inefficient with a 10-20 percent overhead.

    Tort reform wouldn’t help much (est. 3%), although it might be a good idea as long as people don’t lose the ability to sue in real cases of neglect.

    And allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines might result in lower premiums for young, healthy people, but would make things worse for those with pre-existing conditions and older clients.

  3. The Republicans in office could feel this way certainly but I think the average American who opposes it has different reasons. Some see some danger in the plan and oppose it because they fear what might come of it. Others are just against it because they were raised as right wingers and so that’s the position they hold whether they truly understand the reasoning or not.

    Personally, I’m in opposition to the health care plan because I don’t trust the government. If you sit down and contemplate the subject logically, you will see how something like this is dangerous. The government cannot financially support every individual FAIRLY (key word). It’s just not possible and the program will go bankrupt since everyone knows that health care is not cheap. So to inact such a plan, what does the government need to do? Place price tags on individuals based upon the value of their life. It’s asking corrupt bureaucrats to determine the worth of everyone’s lives including yours so that they can ration the health care based upon what money the government currently has. Of course, we all know how well politicians can handle money right? I don’t trust anyone in office with such a power.

    You may trust the Democrats to handle this issue, but the balance of power changes in the government. Who’s to say that in 2012 another Bush will be in office? Would you trust him to handle your health care? You could have a car accident under this hypothetical Bush and be lying in a hospital with a 30% chance of living. You could survive but it would be very costly. Would you trust Bush to have a heart and fork out the extra cash to preserve your life and not just look at your “life worth price tag”? I don’t care if their Democrat or Republican. I would rather work hard to make the money to pay my insurance premiums because I want to determine the value of my own life.

    • Ah, yes… the death panel argument. đŸ™‚

      That fact is, we already have death panels in private insurance doing exactly what you claim will happen with a public option. So the question is, who would you rather make the decisions about your treatment eligibility — a private company that profits by denying coverage or the government?

      That said, I’d prefer the non-profit co-op alternative if it’s implemented correctly. Take the profit out of insurance and that will reduce rates.

  4. The largest concern in all of this is that people make exceeding large profits through the illnesses or deaths of other people. Healthcare should be a business that is about saving lives, not judging them.

    That being said, there is nothing in this bill about death panels, nor is there any connection to seniors. In fact, when seniors are mentioned, they are offered counseling over “end of life preservation”. Preservation happens to be the exact opposite of “death panels”.


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