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A word about the health care summit

February 25, 2010

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.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2010 7:16 pm

    I maintain a slight disappointment that no one said: “Oh, and by the way, the very notion is a 10th Amendment violation.”

  2. xbradtc permalink
    February 25, 2010 7:39 pm

    Between Obama and the Dems, they got more than twice the speaking time as the GOP. Too bad they didn’t only have something to add.

    Gergen on CNN says it’s the best day the GOP has had in years. And he’s right. We’ll see how the MSM tries to spin it.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      February 25, 2010 7:56 pm

      I agree with Gergen. From what I saw the only way it could have gone better for the GOP would have been for Obama to switch parties on live TV. I think they really came off well. The Dems just looked dumbfounded when confronted with the facts of their own bill.

      • xbradtc permalink
        February 25, 2010 11:07 pm

        Well, O could have sprouted horns and a tail and then machine gunned a bus load of nuns.

  3. February 28, 2010 8:11 pm

    (A few days late, I know, but…)

    I don’t know that I’d call the bit about allowing companies to sell across state lines “smoke and mirrors,” unless it’s being proposed as a solution all by itself. While the idea is to reduce rates by increasing competition, it’s really only one part of a larger slew of regulation changes that would need to be made together to have the proper effect – another, more important part would be to remove regulations requiring insurance companies to offer “a la carte” type coverage plans, so that, for example, a healthy 21 year-old with no family history of cancer but a family history of heart problem could choose to buy emergency, accident, general medical, and cardiac coverage, but opt out of cancer coverage if he wanted to (something that I understand is not allowed in many states). By opting out of cancer coverage, it could push the rate low enough for him to afford at least that coverage, whereas requiring the cancer coverage raises the rate above what he can pay and he ends up with no insurance at all.

    While it’s certainly not a complete plan by itself, it’s not really “smoke and mirrors” either – though it does seem that the rest of the proposed plan gets left out a lot.

    • February 28, 2010 8:12 pm

      Edit to above:

      “another, more important part would be to remove regulations requiring insurance companies to offer “a la carte” type coverage plans”

      should be

      “another, more important part would be to remove regulations preventing insurance companies from offering “a la carte” type coverage plans”

      • jenn1964 permalink*
        March 1, 2010 7:33 am

        ala carte coverage sounds good but in the interviews I have seen with insurance executives about half of them maintain it would actually push rates up by removing healthy people from insurance pools. There may be a way around that.


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