Uncategorized

More of the Same, Only More Expensive

Sarah-palin
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who played a major and highly   controversial role in the health reform debate last year, published her response to the Obama plan on her Facebook page yesterday. In the spirit of debate, THCB is republishing the full text of her remarks.

The President has wrestled control of the health care debate away from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid by finally introducing his own plan. Unfortunately, the White House’s proposal includes everything we found untenable about the old Senate bill – only this one is even more expensive! This is what you might call putting “perfume on a pig.”

What’s in this “new” proposal? It has the unpopular (and arguably unconstitutional)individual mandate that forces people and employers to purchase health insurance – only this time with much harsher fines on employers who choose not to go along with another expensive government mandate. It has provisions that will make employers think twice before expanding their workforce. It has cuts to Medicare Advantage, a popular program which allows seniors to pay a little more money out of pocket for better coverage. And, of course, it still has sweetheart deals – only this time they’ve been extended even more.

We don’t know what the final long-term cost of this will be because the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t had a chance to calculate costs. We do know that the White House recognizes that its proposal will cost tens of billions more over the next ten years than the already-expensive $2.5 trillion Senate bill. The Presidentpromised last July that he won’t sign a health care bill if it “adds even one dime to our deficit over the next decade.” But he’s now proposing a health care bill withuncertain fiscal repercussions that could lead to endless deficits.

The rising cost of care has driven the entire health care reform debate. So how does the President’s proposal address this central issue? Price controlsThat’s right: Washington, D.C. wants to give a panel of bureaucrats the power to cap insurance premiums and prices. As Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute notes, “artificially limiting premium growth allows the government to curtail spending while leaving the dirty work of withholding medical care to private insurers.” This leads to rationing. Any economist worth his salt – including the White House’s own Larry Summers – will tell you that price controls lead to all sorts of negative unintended consequences. It’s another step towards government controlled health care and away from the real solution: free market, patient-centered reform.

With a government-growing proposal this bad, it’s no wonder the President wants bipartisan cover for it in an election year. Thursday’s health care summit is already being revealed as little more than a photo-op. The Obama administration still denies the existence of the House Republicans’ health care plan that offers alternative solutions to health care challenges – even though the White House website links right to it.

The President’s proposal doesn’t include pro-free market ideas like allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, giving individual buyers the same tax benefits as those who get insurance through their employers, or instituting real medical liability reform. Despite the “kumbaya” rhetoric, Democrats are making plans to ram this bill through the Senate using a partisan procedural maneuver that will bypass the normal bipartisan debate process.

Sarah Palin is the former governor of Alaska and widely consider a leading contender for the GOP nomination in 2012. Her opinions can found online on her facebook page, where this post first appeared. .

Livongo’s Post Ad Banner 728*90

Categories: Uncategorized

Tagged as: ,

39
Leave a Reply

39 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
25 Comment authors
MakaileedropshipBertha BanksMichael CRev P Smith Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Makailee
Guest

Oh yeah, foabulus stuff there you!

dropship
Guest

Do yourself ,my friend!

Bertha Banks
Guest
Bertha Banks

I am pleased that the President’s Health Bill has passed. As for the Republican Party, I feel that they are a bunch of Rich White Racist Men and Women with one Black Jealous member. How in the world can anyone refuse to give a person insurance and live with themselves. The Republican party is a lynch mob as far as one can go. They don’t care about anyone other than the RICH & RACIST. Had this been George Bush Sr & Jr., this bill would have passed with flying colors and approval without the ignorant and negative responses we’ve witnessed… Read more »

Michael C
Guest
Michael C

“…only this one is even more expensive!” Even the CBO did not score the so called Obama plan mainly because it was a general outline with no details on specific numbers. Gov. Palin did not understand the President was trying to put ideas found in both plans along and trying to find consensus with GOP. “… unpopular (and arguably unconstitutional)individual mandate…” the same mandate proposed by Senator Grassley back in 1994 and later at the outset of the current health care talks. The idea of what is constitutional versus what is not is murky. If a hurricane were heading your… Read more »

Rev P Smith
Guest
Rev P Smith

That does it. I used to think this site had some integrity. You cleared up that misconception with the post from sometime Governor, sometime VP Candidate Sarah Palin.
Is this a joke? Be honest.

Gregg Masters
Guest

If only Sarah authored this hyper-linked sermon herself. It’s not worth the time to line item correct its failed pseudo intellectual architecture proffered by the usual gang of ideologues.

JB
Guest
JB

And Obama is any more informed about healthcare than Sarah…how? They both have aides and advisors that script their responses and press releases. And wether Republicans or Democrats or Independents…Healthcare reform is only wanted by a MINORITY of US citizens so everyone on here whining should SHUT IT!

archon41
Guest
archon41

Personally, I think Sarah’s backside (if you’ll excuse the sexism) is a little too curvaceous for her to be taken seriously as a politician. Still, I’d climb into bed with her before I would Andrew Stern.

TB
Guest
TB

sorry about my first comment…it was meant for another article…it really does not belong under this article…sorry guys

TB
Guest
TB

@Nate… I was treated off base because I was located in an area with only beginning med students who were fresh out of school or still in school on the army’s dime..so I had a choice when it came to it…and I chose to have both of my children in a German Hospital in Sulzach Rosenberg for all of me and my children’s care…It was the BEST…Thank you… no bull

Peter
Guest
Peter

“I had to go to the VA Medical Center…Now I am permanently messed up and can not work”
I can’t speak for your experience at the VA but my father-in-law gets much better coordinated care at the VA than what he gets through Medicare in the private system. The VA is also now supplying (free) a home care nurse 2-3 times a week so that he can stay at home. Can we have the VA as our public option please?

Nate
Guest
Nate

“I was in Germany for most of my tours…They had universal healthcare with a public option..It was the best care I have ever gotten”
Since when are army personal treated off base in the host country facilities under the host country medical system?
Sounds like a bunch of BS

Kelley
Guest
Kelley

Sarah Palin? Seriously?
I won’t waste my time explaining to you how ridiculous that is – I’m done here.

Jake
Guest
Jake

This blog just jumped the shark.

TB
Guest
TB

I am on welfare…I have a Bachelors Degree…I am also a retired veteran of the US Army…I am also a democrat…I was in Germany for most of my tours…They had universal healthcare with a public option..It was the best care I have ever gotten…When I was discharged from the Army, I was hired in the private sector but did not make enough money to purchase my own healthcare…I had to go to the VA Medical Center…Now I am permanently messed up and can not work…I wish I was able to have gone to another Hospital…All the money in the world… Read more »