A word about the health care summit
For weeks conservative pundits have been telling the GOP to boycott the summit -They were wrong.
I watched a lot of the coverage today and for the most part the GOP came off as knowledgeable and prepared on the subject. They also showed that they had an alternative. All items that the Democrats have denied. Obama was forced to backtrack a number of times. This just helps the GOP and it’s a little disappointing that people didn’t see that potential from the beginning. If you want to win in the marketplace of ideas you actually have to offer some ideas. The GOP finally did that today.
So what’s next? The GOP needs to make a commercial out of the clip where it is pointed out that the President’s plan (and the Senate’s) will increase insurance premiums 10 to 13% and put it in heavy rotation. They also need to write a bill that accomplishes three things.
a. Starts to bring down health care costs nation wide. Unfortunately the only way to do that is HMOs. This bit about allowing sales across state lines is smoke and mirrors.
b. Expands access for the uninsured. There is a market based solution in there somewhere. I am thinking something like a credit union only with insurance.
c. Is deficit neutral.
After that they need to convene a meeting on entitlement reform. Invite the Dems, invite experts, invite everyone except the administration. Make a big deal out of it.
Issue a report that is easy for a layman to understand. Make people sit up and take notice that the party of no is really the the party of yes, as in yes we can fix this.