Why the GOP wants to sabotage its own health plan

  • Article by: Robert B. Reich , Tribune Content Agency
  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 11:58 AM

Conservatives have pushed the 'mandate' for decades. Now that it's Obama's, they want to stop it.

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circleoflifeOct. 29, 1311:59 AM

HoHum. Another piece on how to blame the Republicans. Boring............

stpaulisbestOct. 29, 1312:20 PM

It's not about political philosophy. It's about which side wins. Plus, you know the real reason they hate Obama so much.....

NoMasBSOct. 29, 1312:26 PM

Yep exactly like I called it. If the Affordable Health Care ACT hadn't become better know as, "Obamacare" then the Republicans wouldn't have an issue with it. They know it will work obviously because they wanted to try it themselves but because a Democrat made it happen and it's labeled with his name now the Republicans have to cry about it. There they go again showing that Republicans aren't for the people but are for getting reelected no matter how it happens. Pathetic to say the least.

tpods1Oct. 29, 1312:37 PM

This from the guy that a few years ago gave a speech saying that people wouldn't want to hear the truth, but we need to charge young people more for health care then they should pay and we need to limit life extending costly practices. Socialism 101. Your right. It's the Republicans fault. It's Bushes fault.

swmnguyOct. 29, 1312:40 PM

Reich states this very clearly and succinctly. This is another example of exactly what is wrong with the Obama Administration. Obama, in the name of "bipartisanship" and following the Bill Clinton "Triangulation" technique, enacts a Republican policy. It immediately doesn't work, for all the reasons all the critics always pointed out. The Republicans blame the failure on Obama, call their own policies "Socialism," and come up with even more absurd alternatives to pander to the talk-radio and internet conspiracy crowd. Then Obama apologizes and capitulates further to the corporate finance interests that pay for both parties.

The price of health care will threaten our economy to the point of crisis. Then a Republican president will open up Medicare to all Americans, to thunderous applause, and we will eliminate the current privately financed fee for services model that is endangering the entire economy.

jpcooperOct. 29, 1312:50 PM

Sabatoge? The Dems are doing all the work on that front!

matt5mn01Oct. 29, 1312:56 PM

A very poorly constructed argument. Lets look at the 5 W's in who, what, where, why and when. Who will be needing coverage? The uninsured is a pretty obvious answer. Here in MN, the average cost on a Bronze plan is said to me around $185/month - depending on your age. At that cost, it is equal to about $2200/year. Minus the tax subsidy that they may qualify for - the cost may be in the $1400-$1500 range annually. If the person makes $25000/year and decides to not pay for insurance, their fine is either $95 or 1% of their income ($250) what would you do? How solvent would any business (government or private) be when they are taking $1 dollar in for every $5 that go out? I am not arguing - nor are the Republican arguing against the need for affordable healthcare - however this system cannot survive without more stringent mandates on the American uninsured. That is why Republicans are fighting to get it moved - and the President is too damn stubborn to admit it.

firefight41Oct. 29, 13 1:08 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, your president.... President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.” George Schwab, 62, of North Carolina, said he was "perfectly happy" with his plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which also insured his wife for a $228 monthly premium. But this past September, he was surprised to receive a letter saying his policy was no longer available. The "comparable" plan the insurance company offered him carried a $1,208 monthly premium and a $5,500 deductible. And the best option he’s found on the exchange so far offered a 415 percent jump in premium, to $948 a month. "The deductible is less," he said, "But the plan doesn't meet my needs. Its unaffordable."

dlzabzOct. 29, 13 1:13 PM

So I read blame Nixon and Romney? May as well have thrown a blame Bush in there and called this the most transparent administration ever.

dahawksOct. 29, 13 1:16 PM

This is not a Blame piece, but rather a historical perspective filled with facts. A couple of points missing: 1) The reason for the mandate was not only to reduce Health Care costs for most, but it is also a requirement from the private insurance community to waive pre-existing conditions. 2) Since the Democrats had the majority, then why didn't they stick to the original Democratic vision? Was it too big of a change or was it because something was needed immediately, and the Democrats assumed the Republicans would easily jump on board with their own plan?


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