Monday, January 26, 2015

Your Answer, Please

The GOP has said all along that they hate Obamacare and want to repeal it.  Not a news flash; we’ve been hearing that for nigh onto five years and over fifty votes in the House to repeal it.  But they have never been able to articulate what they would replace it with, and they still can’t come up with a simple answer to the question.

Here’s the latest attempt to get a cogent answer from the Republican congressional leaders.  Via PoliticusUSA:

Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a disastrous appearance on 60 Minutes, the lowlight of which was their complete inability to discuss the Republican alternative to Obamacare.

Speaker Boehner went on a dodge and weave filibuster when asked what the Republican alternative to Obamacare was, “Providing more access we could have done without taking control of the entire healthcare system. When you look at Obamacare, it’s a perfect example of what Washington does. It’s a one size fits all approach for the whole country all driven by Washington bureaucrats. I’ll bet they’ve hired tens of thousands of people between the IRS and over at Health and Human Services just to run this. All of the decisions, all of the rules decided by Washington. We have a wide, diverse country, and I just think it’s time for us to look at this differently. For those who don’t have access to affordable health insurance. Helping those at the bottom I think we’re all for it, but we don’t need Washington to ruin the greatest health delivery system that the world has ever known.”

CBS’s Scott Pelley asked again, “So how do you do it? What’s the Republican plan?” Boehner answered with a weak, “We’re, We’re working on this. Having discussions amongst our members, got a lot of divergent views about how best to go back to a doctor/patient relationship that’s revered.”

Pelley kept hammering away and said that this is one of the biggest criticisms of the Republican Party is that they know what they are against, but can’t tell people what they are for. McConnell said that Pelley was mischaracterizing the success of Obamacare and claimed that the ACA will fail. McConnell said that the chances of getting rid of Obamacare with Obama in the White House were slim, but that Republicans were going to make the effort.

Pelley replied, “You don’t have an alternative.”

Short answer: “Hamana, hamana, hamana.”

One of the oldest rules in the book of management is that if you don’t like what’s going on but don’t have a viable alternative solution, then you’re not helping, so shut up.

5 barks and woofs on “Your Answer, Please

  1. The Republican Leadership, if I might be so bold to call them that, should take heed of the words of Winston Churchill.

    “Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Speech in the House of Commons (11 November 1947).

    As bad as they think Obama care may be, its in place, lets make it better instead of continually trying to beat it down. Become leaders for the people instead of leading your reelection campaigns.

    • I’d agree except that the GOTea has no consensus outside their own camp on the makeup of The People. For most of them it doesn’t seem to include African Americans, Latinos, women, LGBT, Muslims, or indeed (for many) Xtians not of their own sort. We may be waiting a long time for “mak[ing] it better” or “becom[ing] leaders for the people” with those constraints in place.

  2. “. . . then you’re not helping, so shut up.”

    These are politicians. They don’t know how to shut up.

    Of course they don’t have an alternative. As I see it there are basically only three ways forward with health care: 1. Go back to the way things were. 2. Tinker with the existing system to expand coverage, as the ACA does. 3. Some form of single payer. All of these are non-starters for the GOP.

  3. Now, if all of us who acknowledge the utter imbecility and dangerous pontification of the these so-called leaders would simply turned out to vote in all elections (local, state and federal) we would be able to get our government back on track to being of the people and for the people.

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