GOP: Yes To Politicking, No To Health Care

The health care crisis is becoming dire, especially in places like South Carolina:

After 25 years with the same company, Andy Stark lost his job and his health insurance.

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While he found other work, it paid 30 percent less and had no benefits.

Then his wife got cancer.

Now the Simpsonville couple is struggling to pay medical bills they expect will total about $140,000.

This is not the way things should be in America,” Andy Stark said.

In South Carolina, 670 people a week lose their health coverage, according to data from Families USA. In the decade ending in 2008, premiums soared 119 percent, increasing costs to employers and workers and adding to the spiraling cost of health care, according to the nonprofit group.

With each passing week, more Americans are losing their health coverage,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of the nonpartisan group.

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Too bad South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R) is busy playing political games and trying to hurt Obama and the Democrats instead of focusing on how to help folks like Andy Stark:

On a [recent] conference call with conservative activists dealing with health care reform, in what is sure to become a rallying point for the White House, Sen. Jim DeMint said “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

And too bad Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele agrees with DeMint’s politics-over-policy approach to health care reform, saying of DeMint’s aforementioned comments:

I think that’s a good way to put it.

And too bad for Andy Stark and the millions of Americans like him that the entire Republican Party would also rather play politics than pass health care reform:

In an effort to slow down reform, the RNC advises its advocates to use a whole host of political tools, from organizing town halls, to writing letters to the editor, to booking surrogates on radio and television, to engaging in “Street Theater” protests outside Democratic events. And in a bit of irony, the memo’s authors encourage readers to frame the president as the one acting out of political motivations.

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And too bad for all of us that the GOP’s health care reform plan is all of 4 pages long:

House Republicans presented a four-page outline of their health care reform plan Wednesday but said they didn’t know yet how much it would cost, how they would pay for it and how many of the nearly 50 million Americans without insurance would be covered by it.

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We’re in the midst of a health care crisis here, one that isn’t just affecting the uninsured or underinsured–it’s affecting all of us, who have to pay more and more  for an inadequate, subpar health care system.

Yet, Jim DeMint, Michael Steele, and the entire GOP would rather engage in shameless politicking than help to pass much-needed health care reform.

There’s the true face of the Republican Party, laid bare for all to see–they’re more concerned about hurting the President’s poll numbers than helping the American people get better, cheaper health care. And they wonder why they’re the minority…

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