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Repeal and Avoid

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Ron Brownstein of the National Journal provides a unique take on the GOP vote to repeal the new health care law.

With this week’s vote to repeal President Obama’s health care reform, House Republicans struck a blow for freedom.

They struck a blow for the freedom of hospitals to avoid financial penalties, no matter how many Medicare patients develop infections under their care. They struck a blow for the freedom of hospitals to avoid consequences, no matter how many Medicare patients are re­admitted soon after treatment. And they struck a blow for the freedom of health care providers to receive unending annual increases in their Medicare reimbursements, even if they fail to improve their productivity by even a fraction of what’s occurring in other industries.

Take that, Big Government.

You just gotta love those fiscally conservative Republicans!

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Written by Valerie Curl

January 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

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  1. this leaves out the fact that most Americans want this repealed and replaced with free market ideas that will help the economy through competition.

    nathanial lance

    January 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM

  2. My understanding is that “most” Americans are more or less resigned to the Health Care reforms and willing to try it out. I am a Canadian, and I remember when Medicare was introduced to Canada. I have to say that it was the best thing the Canadian government ever did for the country. I so don’t understand the American attitude that this is socialism and therefore is anathema. If you call this socialism, then you have to call welfare payments socialism; retirement payments socialism; and so on. Heck, take it one step further: the postal system is socialism; the armed forces are socialism; maintenance of highways is socialism. It’s all the government overseeing a service to benefit the people.

    All I know is that I don’t have to worry about medical bills, like the ones that kept my American father-in-law in dire straits most of his life, even although he was fairly successful at earning money. The doctors, hospitals and medications for his ailing young son kept him at the poverty level because he had to pay them all himself. That doesn’t happen in Canada.

    Sandra Bell Kirchman

    January 21, 2011 at 12:21 PM


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