Not just the Party of 'No'

Mitch Daniels makes some excellent points and suggestions for health care reform....

Congress could have done what Republicans should suggest now: Shift to a system that allows individuals—not businesses—to buy health insurance tax free. They could also create tax credits for buying health insurance based on income and health status to guarantee everyone coverage and encourage medical care and insurance competition. Republicans should push to lower barriers for buying insurance across state lines, create incentives for states to repeal mandates, and limit frivolous lawsuits that increase the price of insurance.

I like it.  All politics aside, the problem is that this bill serves the notion that insurers are to blame for high costs, and therefore are the ones to blame for being unaffordable for the 32 million without health insurance.  In reality, health insurance costs are a result of high medical costs.  Consumers buy insurance to protect themselves in case something happens to them.  If the original costs of medical services weren't so expensive to begin with, perhaps insurance costs wouldn't be so high.

This bill doesn't cut medical costs, it just penalizes health insurance companies.  With that in mind, I have a hard time believing that this will do anything but have an adverse effect on our economy and our health care industry.

I guess time will tell.

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 I have a hard time

 I have a hard time understanding all the ramifications of buying healthcare insurance. It sounds like that (according to what you have suggested) that a low income person can protect themselves in case of cancer or heart surgery. In the real world, we buy a car according to income. More than likely the low income person buys a used car or a small and less costly car. The higher wage earner buys a Lexus. That is the way markets work. So I have difficulty in any panacea from any political party.  Healthcare is the one area where we all want a cadillac coverage. After all, it is our own life. 

This bill doesn't cut medical

This bill doesn't cut medical costs, it just penalizes health insurance companies.

Therein lies a perfect example of what it's so difficult to even discuss this subject with many conservatives--they don't even have the most basic understanding of the subject, and knowiing nothing about it doesn't even slow them down. For the record, this bill "penalizes health insurance companies" by pumping BILLIONS of dollars into them, including federal subsidies, and herding toward them tens of millions of new customers at the point of the government gun. It was a corporate welfare bill, not a health care reform bill. That's the reason it was a BAD bill. Most industries--and most people--would KILL to be so terribly "penalized."

Dems like you, have not READ the Bill, try reading a piece

READ THE BILL, then you might not have anything to say at all.....TELL ME HOW IT PAYS FOR THE EXPENSE ? 

Better yet, here is a Short reading assignment for you FROM THE BILL....


—In the case of an individual who is seeking an exemption certificate under section 1311(d)(4)(H) from any requirement or penalty imposed by section 5000A, the following information:

In the case of an individual seeking exemption based on the individual’s status as a member of an exempt religious sect or division, as a member of a health care sharing ministry, as an Indian, or as an individual eligible for a hardship exemption, such information as the Secretary shall prescribe."

Senate Bill, H.R. 3590, pages 273-274


Now this above, says "Muslims who have a Religious objection to the mandate don't have to have mandatory Insurance."

You notice no mention of "Insurance Compaines" ......but "Secretary" and other Bureaucracies are abendantly mentioned all thru the Bill, and as referenced above, SUDDENLY THE GOVERNMENT CAN PRESCRIBE like a Doctor ? ? ? 

Prescribe must have sounded better than "Command" .

Now you have Facts, argue away.....unless you are a Muslim, and then you probably can Ignore the Mandate, and have no problem with it.


Republicans had control of the WH and both Houses

from 2000 to 2006. HCR wasn't even attempted. So why on earth should anyone believe what Mitch Daniels is peddling now?