the costs of repealing health reform

Las Vegas Sun: Voting on Nonsense – House Republicans are expected to approve the inanely titled “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” It is a futile and foolish act because it will be defeated by Senate Democrats who have the common sense to realize that this country had a broken health care insurance system that was badly in need of reform.

The bill’s title not only confirms the immaturity of the new Republican majority but it is also a flat-out lie not supported by any facts.

It is simply the latest in a long line of scare tactics, topped by the spurious claim the law would create “death panels,” that have been employed by Republicans who apparently want to make it as difficult as possible for tens of millions of Americans to access medical care.

…There’s no evidence that the health care law will “kill” jobs. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat, correctly points out that an increasing number of small businesses are taking advantage of tax credits in the law to offset the cost of providing health benefits to workers. Reid was also on the mark when he said that repeal of the law would take away free preventive care for seniors and would bring back the Medicare donut hole that would force elderly recipients to pay more for prescription drugs.

Let’s not forget the conclusion from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which reported last month that the law will reduce the federal budget deficit by $143 billion by 2019. It is difficult to make sense of Tea Party adherents who would vote to repeal this law when they also claim to be in favor of reducing the nation’s deficit…..

Republicans are demonstrating that they couldn’t care less whether consumers are denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions or don’t have freedom and control over their health care. The House majority is also setting out to prove that they would rather waste time on empty legislation than confront the real issues facing this nation.

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MSNBC: With House Republicans today set to vote on — and pass — their legislation to repeal President Obama’s signature health-care law, a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that the American public is divided on the law and the repeal effort.

Thirty-nine percent believe the health plan that Obama signed into law last year is a good idea, versus another 39 percent who think it’s a bad idea.

But those saying it’s a good idea is at its highest level since September 2009, and those saying it’s a bad idea is at its lowest level since June 2009.

The poll also finds that 46 percent of respondents are opposed to repeal (with 34 percent strongly opposed), while 45 percent support the repeal effort (with 35 percent strongly in favor).

9 Responses to “the costs of repealing health reform”

  1. January 19, 2011 at 10:58 am


  2. 2 Sonjia Duncan
    January 19, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Give up your health insurance then you have the right to vote to repeal this law for the other 300m + American Citizens.

    • 3 Sue in Minnesota
      January 19, 2011 at 11:48 am

      I’ll get behind your plan Sonjia…..also I would like those representatives that are eager to pull the plug to come forward and have an HONEST discussion re the true costs of what they are attempting, and even more the costs of a failed health care system to our society, monetarily and beyond. There is no greater wealth than our health, individually and collectively. Unfortunately we tend to take our health for granted until we are faced with a more stark reality. My Mom used to say, Health is the crown a “rich” man wears that only the “poor” can see. When you confront life alerting health issues you recognize the wisdom behind those words.

  3. 4 tally
    January 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I am not a Doctor, but I play one on TV. (Actually I *want* to play one on TV, preferably opposite Kevin McKidd, but right now I do mostly Shakespeare, Edward Gorey, and direct a bunch of Poe.) However, my day gig is an office manager at a small insurance agency that handles all lines, including Health Insurance.

    First let me say there is nothing more insidiously evil than the Health Insurance Cartels, and the amount of money their continually spend to get HCR repealed would pay for every human in North America (that’s right – the continent) to have health care for five years…..

    The fact ANYTHING was passed was nothing short of a miracle, and the law that was passed not only opened the door to much better, it KICKED IT DOWN.

    The biggest thing they need to talk about – and I have no idea why they’re not, is the 2014 EXCHANGES which will bring non-profit companies online which won’t be beholden to $12MILLION + ANNUAL BONUS CEOs, PROFIT MARGINS, and SHAREHOLDERS. So they will be able to offer MUCH BETTER COVERAGE for a fraction of the cost, and will be the END OF THE FOR-PROFIT HEALTH CARTELS. (This is why they’re taking away coverage for kids – you can’t get an individual kid’s plan anymore – you have to put the child on your plan – why they’ve cut back to only a handful of individual plans they offer – chances are you can no longer get the plan you’re on right now if you were to apply today [individual plans – not group], and why they’re jacking up the prices – Blue Shield (evil) is trying to raise premiums here in CA by 59%.)

    Having said that – The White House should HIRE ME to do the next video. This woman is smart, pretty, but unwatchable, and if she said UHM one more time, I might have gone CAVEGIRL on my iMac.

    • 5 tally
      January 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      UGH – need more coffee – THEY CONTINUALLY SPEND – how did THEIR get in there?

      • 6 Sue in Minnesota
        January 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

        Thanks for the insight Tally, and yes the WH could use you as a spokesperson…….lets start a campaign. Actual citizens with first hand experience are the best spokespeople….and the first step around canned, politically correct, messaging.
        As Americans we need to work hard at having real discussions.

  4. 7 Dorothy Rissman
    January 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Love the white board pieces. Always so informative. Thanks Chipsticks.

  5. 8 Theo67
    January 20, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I believe this lady (Ms. Cutter, I think) is the one who might take over from Gibbs as White House Press Secretary. She’s on the short list, and I’ve seen her in front of the camera a few times this week. She’s not bad.

    • 9 tally
      January 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      Please no. She’s horrid. She is pretty, seems nice, and intelligent, but also immensely uncomfortable in front of a camera. That is THE MAIN THING THAT SHOULD BE REQUIRED of PRESS SECRETARY – CONFIDENCE IN A PUBLIC SPEAKING ROLE, and CAMERA PRESENCE. We have over 300 million people in this country, and we can’t find anyone who has these qualifications?

      Health Care Reform is a NO BRAINER. Yet, we’re constantly on DEFENSE, and that’s INSANITY. She is TERRIBLE in that video. “Uhm…. (shaky voice)…uhm..uhm…and…uhm…” makes me want to tear my hair out, push her out of frame and explain it myself.

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