Friday, March 26, 2010

Opinion broadside

WSJ's opinion pages today constitute a broadside salvo against the healthcare bill. Governor Mitch Daniels (R-Ind) lists the new things he'll have to do as governor under the new bill, including scrapping an innovative HSA plan for Indiana's poor. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind) joins in the call to "repeal and replace" the healthcare bill. Former GOP Senator Phil Gramm alleges that the bill systematically exclude[s] every major proposal to empower consumers to control costs, and calls for a new Republican majority to block implementation. Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill, a Democrat turned independent to run for governor, talks about the failure to control costs with mandated healthcare in Massachusetts. he writes, The only reason MassCare has survived is that we have been repeatedly bailed out by the federal government. But that raises the question: Who will bail America out if we implement a similar program? This earns him kudos from GR for not misusing the phrase "beg the question". Lastly, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) wants the GOP to be the party of "Hell, no!" Repeal and replace!

2 comments:

Chops said...

A better, more in-depth and intellectual discussion on real reform comes in Rep Paul Ryan's (R-WI) opinion in the Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/26/opinion/26ryan.html

Carol L. Douglas said...

But this all begs the question: how is it that New York’s hash of a socialized welfare system gets a pass from the media in this discussion? It’s fragmented, obscenely expensive, and full of fraud—in other words the perfect example of how incremental change cannot fix fundamentally-flawed ideas.