Health Care Deja Vu
Now that Chief Justice
They'll get over it, I'm sure. But as its opponents talk about changing the dreaded "Obamacare" -- through election victories, they hope -- they remain curiously vague about what they want to change it to, or whether they really want to change it at all.
For example, when Senate Republican Leader
"That is not the issue," Sen. McConnell told "Fox News Sunday" host
Struck by the senator's burst of candor, Wallace interrupted, "You don't think 30 million uninsured is an issue?"
"We're not going to turn the American health care system into a western European system," McConnell said. "That's exactly
what is at the heart of Obamacare. They want to ... have the federal government take over all American health care. The
federal government can't handle
Here we go again.
The senator sounded like a replay of the
Joining him in the Way-Back Machine was Republican House Speaker
Instead of offering some new ideas, Republican leaders sound content to fight over the old ones, like the mandate that
requires everyone to purchase insurance, the central issue of the
"The idea that the federal government can mandate that the American people purchase a product is shocking to me," Boehner
Republicans were delighted to hear Roberts confirm that Obama was the tax-raiser they'd been calling him all along -- until
presumptive Republican nominee
Both sides focused more attention on whether the penalty was a tax than on what the penalty-tax was for -- funds to offset
the costs to insurers of insuring people with pre-existing conditions. What remains unsettled, now that the
McConnell justly praises "the finest health care system in the world," but that's only for those who can afford to have
access to it. Americans already spend more than 16 percent of our gross domestic product on health care -- or nearly twice
the average of other developed nations, according to the international
And costs are skyrocketing, even without Obamacare. Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have more than doubled
in the last nine years, according to the
Yet for all the complaints that the political right has raised, including the tea party movement that
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