“If you think it’s a Socialist plot and it’s wrong, for goodness sakes, drop out of the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program. But if you think it’s good enough for your family, shouldn’t our health insurance be good enough for the rest of America?”
Dick Durban, D-IL, stating the obvious about the Republican opposition.
No, I doubt there are any Republicans in the Congress principled enough to eject their government-managed health care.
Gigantic private insurers are rolling in money and they’ve been jacking up premiums for many years. They practice a brutal rationing of care to protect their profits. How brutal? Deadly brutal.
At the same time, even though among the most efficient providers of health care are several government-managed programs, the Republicans would like to be perceived as thought leaders on the subject of reform, except their ideas largely amplify profit raking; ‘raking’ as in: raking-in. Their own program, as always, privatizes profits and socializes risk. In fact, almost every one of their “ideas” can be explained as means to support even more risk shifting. Ironically, the resulting policies are no less social engineering than the policies from the center-left.
The evidence is already in that, for example, the tea party patriots want “the government to keep their hands off of my medicare and social security,’ and, every single Republican in Congress is vested in a number of beneficial social welfare programs offered by the Federal government!