GOP Health Care Criticism is Crazed

So, I give up. I can’t take those screaming about the Affordable Care Act seriously anymore.Their logic has become so twisted that one can only assume their squawking is pure politics. They have no interest in doing what’s best for the country and its citizens.

It’s too bad, because the law is flawed and an intelligent debate might lead to improvements. For instance, Republicans are right when they argue that the government should not force anyone to buy a product, such as insurance.

That’s exactly why we need a nationalized health-care system run by the government (which, for those who have put some miles between themselves and fifth grade civics, is us).

But that will never happen because Democratic supporters of the health care law are not courageous enough to take that stand.

I used to be able to laugh at the absurdity of the arguments coming from Republicans. A couple of years ago I had some fun with a Sen. Mitch McConnell floor speech.The guy’s a riot.

Look, the law as it is, isn’t perfect, but those who are calling for its repeal should acknowledge that it at least provides a better system that the one it is replacing.

But they won’t, because they don’t care about health care or the system or the people who need help getting medical services.

Think about it: What’s one of the big complaints from those who prefer the term Obamacare? That the solution is too expensive. But what’s the first thing they do? Vote to repeal the committee that was created to reign in Medicare costs.

Hmmm.

House Republicans who supported the repeal say the panel will lead to rationing. But isn’t rationing one of the things we need? Call it what you want, but one thing we need to do is stop paying for treatment that doesn’t do any good.

If you want a great take on this issue, read my colleague Lisa Krieger’s poignant piece on the death and dying of her father.

And I suppose it would be inconvenient for those House members to acknowledge that we already have rationing. It’s just arbitrary, illogical and  unfair rationing. Those who have a decent job get health-care. And those who don’t, don’t.

Oh and the bit about how wrong it would be for a “Washington bureaucrat to come between you and your doctor” when it comes to making medical decisions? I’ll take the Washington bureaucrat over the profit-motivated health-insurance company bureaucrat who’s making those decisions now.

Anyway, we’re all going to be hearing a lot of nonsense in the coming days as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on both sides of the health care law debate.

My only advice: Set your B.S. detectors on high.

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