In an interview with Chris Wallace, Mitt Romney drops a whopper without as much as flinching. During a discussion on the PPACA, he makes this statement:
“That’s why it was at the heart of my plan for health care in America — and I think the heart of the Republican plan for health care in replacing Obamacare — is to say, look, let’s let states put in place their own plans that make sense for their people. We can have federal guidelines saying you need to get people covered, you need to deal with pre-existing conditions. But don’t have the federal government take over health care, tell the American people precisely what type of coverage they have to have — have the federal government telling doctors what kinds of procedures are authorized and not. That is just not the way to go. Let states and individuals have the powers that the Constitution intended them to have.”
Let’s dissect this piece by piece…
First, the Republicans have not put forth any plan to replace the PPACA. They have mounted more than 40 votes to repeal it, but I don’t find any record of a vote on a replacement health care plan anywhere. Back last year, even Newt Gingrich called the GOP during the opening of the Republican National Committee’s summer session. “I will bet you, for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks when your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ They will have zero answer,” Gingrich said. When someone who has been historically as partisan as Gingrich can see and say that, I don’t understand how anybody can pretend the GOP has this magical plan to replace the PPACA. Yet, we have Romney pushing that same notion on Fox News where such a statement won’t be challenged and taken as an article of faith. I will believe the GOP has an alternative plan as soon as it gets a committee reading and vote. Until then, they are blowing smoke up the collective ass of America.
Next, he says to let states put in place their own plans to help their people. Did he not realize that the states had the right and/or option to set up their own insurance exchanges and set up those policies with the insurers who would cover their people under the PPACA? The primary reason the federal exchange is being used by so many states is because Republican governors and state legislatures wanted to ensure the PPACA would be a complete and total failure, so they intentionally abdicated their right/privilege to set up their own exchanges and negotiate their insurance packages. You can’t claim that the way to do something is the very way your party rejected out of pure partisan spite. If you honestly believed that was the way to go, you should have spent the three years and 40 plus repeal votes telling the states to set up their own exchanges and give the people what you think they deserve. Instead, we have seen nothing but outright refusal to lift a finger towards ensuring people would have coverages they needed as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach that would be the result of the federal government setting up the exchanges in lieu of the states doing it themselves.
Finally, the PPACA is NOT a federal government takeover of health care. It is, however, a federal government selling out of the American people to the insurance industry. The federal government set up the minimum requirements, but the insurers are free to set up whatever kind of plans they want as long as they meet the minimum. Saying this is a government takeover of health care is like saying the government controls everything they set up minimum requirements for. Contrary to popular rhetoric, the government does NOT control that much of our lives. If the PPACA were set up to tell people exactly what coverage they needed, there would not be the different levels of coverage or the different companies offering competing plans.
I searched the net for a while before writing this to see if any journalist actually checked what Romney said and put it to the fact test with nothing found. I guess that’s what we get when our media is all corporate owned and operated. They don’t give a rat’s ass about ensuring the truth gets out. If it bleeds, then it leads as that’s how they sell ad space to pad the revenues. At this point, it’s almost impossible to listen to any politician or group and have any faith that what they’re saying is honest and truthful. When you don’t have anybody to nudge you when you cross the line to being outright dishonest, then why be honest anyway? Who’s keeping score?
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