The President’s Health Care Reform Plan


  • Provide the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing costs for tens of millions of families and small businesses.
  • Cover 31 million currently uninsured Americans.
  • Create a health insurance market that will give tens of millions of Americans access to the same insurance choices members of Congress have.
  • Set policies to lower premiums and prevent abuse and denial of care.
  • End discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.
  • Reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion in the first two decades.

Of course, I expect Republicans to oppose the plan. My question to them is, which parts specifically are you against? The middle class tax cut? The $1 trillion deficit reduction? Giving Americans more choices? Ending waste, fraud and abuse? Preventing discrimination based on preexisting conditions? What part of this, exactly, doesn’t sit well with you?

I mean, the right can gibber on and on about ‘socialism’ and ‘big government’ and ‘one-size-fits-all’ policies but–unless they can point to specific parts of this plan they oppose–that’s all just so much empty fearmongering.

We’re dealing with concrete proposals and detailed policies here — if the right can’t tell us which specific policies they oppose then they don’t really have a leg to stand on, do they?

UPDATE: And for anyone who tries to complain that the President’s plan doesn’t contain any Republican policies–guess what? You’re wrong.


Price Tags

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I find all of the sudden worry about the cost of health care reform completely and utterly disingenuous. Why? Because some of the same people worrying about the price tag on providing health care to all Americans had no problem backing massively-expensive initiatives when George Bush was President and Republicans controlled Congress.

The price tag for health care reform over 10 years is estimated to be about $1 trillion. But back in 2001, the GOP passed a 10-year $1.35 trillion tax cut package, most of which went to the wealthiest among us.

To me, giving tax cuts to the wealthy is far less important than providing tens of millions of Americans with health care and improving the quality of American health care overall.  Yet, these same people who are telling us that we can’t afford health care reform had no problem supporting those massively-expensive tax cuts.

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