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The Republican Health Care Plan, In A Nutshell

October 8, 2009

Radio talk host and author Mark Levin explained the Republican health care plan in a nutshell to a caller who demanded, “Where’s the Republican plan?”

In the course of two minutes, Levin proceeds to lay out the essence of the Republican health plan (which Democrats have deceitfully and maliciously claimed did not exist in all their ‘party of no’ rhetoric), and revealed the stupidity of the Glenn Beck “There’s no difference between the parties” foolishness:

Transcript:

Caller: I guess my question, sir, is where is the Republican plan?

Levin: Yes, there is a plan, sir, and it’s been repeated, and it’s been put out there, it’s on the internet.  They don’t control the media in this country.  They don’t get a fair break from the media in this country.  Which is why I explain the plan over and over again.  You ready?  You got a pencil?  Let’s write it down, shall we?

1) Tax credits so individuals can purchase their own health policies rather than paying that money to the federal government.

2) Expanding health savings accounts – like the 401Ks – so you can put more money aside, tax free, for catastrophes and other needs.

3) Right now you can’t purchase insurance across state borders because the various interest groups have larded up their laws so that if you purchase a policy in Ohio it doesn’t comply with a policy in Pennsylvania.  You can eliminate that.  And you should.

4) Tort reform.  Which will save a fortune.  You cap – talk about cap and trade – you cap awards to actual medical costs, and related expenses.  So it’s not ‘hitting the lottery’ each and every day.

And I can go on with three or four more points.  But these basic free market efforts – to unravel so much of what the government, and the regulatory bureaucracies have done – would open up the system.  We’re talking about 12 million people – 12 million Americans – who don’t have health insurance.

Caller: The point that I’m trying to make is that it’s not for you or the other folks that are on the radio…  You actually hear nothing from the Republicans…

Levin: Sir, this is a Republican proposal.  It’s a conservative proposal that the Republicans have embraced.  They have asked to meet with Obama to discuss it.

Look folks.  I know the Republicans have screwed up.  I know there are people out there saying the two parties are exactly the same.  They’re not exactly the same.  We’ve got a Marxist in the White House, a Marxist in the House, an idiot in the Senate.  Don’t tell me they’re exactly the same!  They can do better, but they’re not the same.

Now, these are truly great free market ideas that will provide lower-priced high quality health care AND preserve our liberties.  And the Democrat pseudo outrage that “Republicans weren’t offering an alternative” was just that.

I loved an ironic mock response to the basic Republican proposal:

It’s stupid. You’re a racist. You’re a homophobe. You’re a warmonger…  Make my car payment.  Feed me.  Change my diaper.

Nailed it.

A CNS article lays out the facts that never seem to get laid out in the dishonest mainstream media propaganda:

Republicans Have Offered Three Alternative Health Care Reform Bills
Monday, August 24, 2009
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress — while pushing their own health care overhauls — have criticized Republicans as offering only opposition and no ideas for reform, but the GOP, despite the lack of media attention, has introduced three health care bills.

The three Republican bills total almost 400 pages and have been on the table since May and June.

In May, Republicans in the House and the Senate formed a bicameral coalition to produce the130-page “Patients Choice Act of 2009.”

In June, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) introduced the “Health Care Freedom Plan,” a 41-page proposal.

And in July, the Republican Study Committee, under the leadership of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), unveiled the “Empowering Patients First Act,” a 130-page plan.

Some of the provisions included in one or more of the bills include: investing in preventive medicine, an overhaul of Medicaid, reduction of abuse and fraud in the Medicare program, supplemental health insurance for low-income families, tax credits for health insurance, and a ban on federal funds being used for abortions.

However, supporters of the Democratic plans have accused Republicans of trying to derail attempts at reforming health care without having a plan of their own.

“There is no Republican health care plan out there,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told Talk Radio News Service on July 31 about what he called the Republican-backed “misinformation campaign” that is slowing health care reform.

He said Republicans are satisfied with the status quo and “don’t want to show the American people where they stand on these issues.”

At a White House briefing on Aug. 18, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs criticized Republicans for not wanting to make the health care system better.

“Only a handful seem interested in the type of comprehensive reform that so many people believe is necessary to ensure the principles and the goals that the president has laid out,” Gibbs said.

In May, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said his bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Reps. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), puts a priority on patients and their ability to oversee their own health care choices.

“As a practicing physician, I have seen first-hand how giving government more control over health care has failed to make health care more affordable or accessible,” Coburn said. The ‘Patients Choice Act’ will provide every American with access to affordable health care without a tax increase, more debt or waiting lines.”

“The American health care system needs a complete transformation,” Burr said. “The ‘Patients’ Choice Act’ will finally enable Americans to own their health care instead of being trapped in the current system, which leaves people either uninsured, dependent on their employer, or forced into a government program.”

The “Patients Choice Act” has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee, which is set to release a Democratic-crafted bill from that committee when Congress returns after Labor Day.

In June, DeMint, chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, introduced the “Health Care Freedom Plan,” which was analyzed by the Heritage Foundation. The conservative policy think tank said DeMint’s bill could reduce the number of uninsured by 22.4 million people in five years.

It also provides grants to help people with pre-existing conditions gain access to affordable insurance, and allows Americans to purchase health savings accounts to pay for insurance.

“The time has come for Americans to regain control of their health care choices, and the ‘Health Care Freedom Act’ empowers every American with the freedom to choose and own a plan that is best for them,” DeMint said.

DeMint’s bill also has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

In July, Price, who is also a practicing physician, introduced the “Empowering Patients First Act.”

Today, we present a solution for health care reform that offers more patient-centered choices and care of the highest quality,” Price said. “The ‘Empowering Patients First Act’ is a budget neutral proposal based on the fundamental principle that personal medical decisions should be made by patients in consultation with the doctors rather than unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington.”

Price’s bill also emphasizes preventive health care, tax credits, reduction of fraud and abuse in existing federal health care programs, and health care programs tailored to meet the needs of Native Americans and U.S. military veterans.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, as well as to the committees on Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Oversight and Government Reform, and the Judiciary, Rules, Budget, and Appropriations committees.

There are differences between the legislation offered so far by Republicans. The “Empowering Patients First Act,” for example, is the only one of the three proposed bills that specifically prohibits federal funds being used for abortion.

The fate of the Republican proposals is also uncertain, with the Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress and Obama in charge of signing whatever final health care reform legislation lands on his desk.

If the Democrats are so patently dishonest that they are deceitfully working to prevent the American people from knowing that these bills even exist, then what else are they lying about?  If you start examining their rhetoric and their proposals, you’ll find plenty of lies.

In any event, since the mainstream media is as dishonest as the Democrats whose agenda they propagandize, please tell your neighbors, friends, and co-workers that- contrary to the liberal lie – the Republicans really DO have a viable health care plan.

Obama’s Democratic Debate Goofs

April 18, 2008

During the 16 April Democratic debate, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Senator Barack Obama the following question:

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: I want to give Senator Clinton a chance to respond, but first a follow-up on this issue, the general theme of patriotism in your relationships. A gentleman named William Ayers, he was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol and other buildings. He’s never apologized for that. And in fact, on 9/11 he was quoted in The New York Times saying, ‘I don’t regret setting bombs; I feel we didn’t do enough.

An early organizing meeting for your state senate campaign was held at his house, and your campaign has said you are friendly. Can you explain that relationship for the voters, and explain to Democrats why it won’t be a problem?

SENATOR OBAMA: “George, but this is an example of what I’m talking about.

This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago, who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.

And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense, George.

The fact is, is that I’m also friendly with Tom Coburn, one of the most conservative Republicans in the United States Senate, who during his campaign once said that it might be appropriate to apply the death penalty to those who carried out abortions.

Do I need to apologize for Mr. Coburn’s statements? Because I certainly don’t agree with those either.”

What exactly can we say about a man who equates being a murderer and a terrorist bomber with being a pro-life conservative U.S. Senator? Isn’t that frankly over-the-top nuts? Not to a liberal, so it’s perfectly okay in the People’s Republic of Leftistan. Surprise, pro-lifers: you’re just as vile as terrorist bombing murderers! How dare you believe babies deserve to live!!! Quit clinging to your religion, you bitter people!

And the fact that Ayers bombed some 20 places forty years in the past (and, just to make sure we all know, Ayers has admitted his involvement in the bombings; he was arrested and tried for the crime, but was acquited on a technicality) when Barack Obama was “8 years old” should somehow mean its okay to be his buddy now?

Beyond the affirmation that Barack Obama and William Ayers “were friendly” comes the realization that Obama went to Ayers’ house to garner support for his campaign. The two men went to speaking engagements together. They served on the same board together. They had the sort of relationship that Americans would not expect between candidate for the office of President of the United States and admitted terrorist bomber of American targets.

Do you think it will be okay to be in a friendly relationship with an unrepentant al Qaeda terrorist who killed Americans in a few decades? Is that a guy you don’t mind being on friendly terms with? Apparently, if you are a liberal, it’s just not that bad.

Here was another magic moment during the debate:

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS (asking about Rev. Jeremiah White): But you do believe he’s as patriotic as you are?

SENATOR OBAMA: This is somebody who’s a former Marine. And so I have — I believe that he loves this country, but I also believe that he’s somebody who, because of the experiences he’s had over the course of a lifetime, is also angry about the injustices that he’s seen.

Well, Lee Harvey Oswald was a former Marine, too. And he was pretty darned angry about injustice, as well. Does that make Lee Harvey Oswald a patriot too, Senator Obama?

A liberal patriot, of course, is a person who dedicates his life to attacking and undermining America (oh, I’m sorry: AmeriKKKa).

Oh, as a follow-up question, as a white man living in poverty, could you please explain how Reverend Wright – who will be living in a 10,000 ft/sq house located on the fairway of an exclusive country club with a $10,000,000 line of church money – is angry? And what I did to him? I’m not sure I get that.

The resulting media firestorm has been both predictable and amusing. The New York Times – the flagship of the elite media – thought it entirely appropriate to write a front page story about a “relationship” Senator John McCain had with a female lobbyist. The story was clearly nothing more than an uncooborated hatchet piece alleging impropriety and sleeze against a Republican. But when there are genuine, documented events concerning Senator Obama’s pastor for 20 years, concerning a former Marxist terrorist whom his own campaign acknowledged as being a friend – these things should be completely off limits?

I have heard liberals ask, “How would John Mccain like it if the media looked into his pastor?” I honestly don’t think the man would mind. Unlike Barack Obama, I don’t think John McCain has been sitting under a Marxist preacher for twenty years. Nor do I think he’s friendly with terrorist bombers who attacked the United States.

This little allegory might help liberals understand why Barack Obama’s relationship with William Ayers is disturbing:

Senator John McCain was linked today with a former Army of God member who bombed a string of women’s health clinics that provided abortion, it was revealed today. In 1985, Michal Bray was charged with conspiracy, following a series of clinic bombings. The Maryland Metropolitan Medical Women’s Center, a Planned Parenthood office and also the Washington Office of the American Civil Liberties Union were bombed. Two doctors who performed abortions were killed in the attacks.

“Reporters verified that Senator John McCain served on a board with Mr. Bray, and the two attended a number of speaking engagements together. When his campaign was contacted for comment with the story, McCain campaign manager Terry Nelson acknowledged, “They’re certainly friendly with each other.”

Michal Bray has repeatedly acknoweldged taking part in the bombings, and several years ago said, “My only regret is that I didn’t bomb more abortion clinics” at the anniversary of Roe. V. Wade Decision.

And, again:
“In an unrelated story, we have just obtained video of Senator John McCain’s paster for the past twenty years, the Rev. Tom Robbe, engaged in a series of racist rants against African Americans. The Senator has been a member of Rev. Robbe’s congregation for the past twenty years. The church features a “White family contract” and preaches white separatism.

In one video-taped sermon, Rev. Robbe calls African-Americans “degenerate criminals, drug addicts, murderers, rapists, and gang banging thugs who have children like rabbits and inflict their animal behavior on white America.” In other videos he claimed that America deserved 9/11 for tolerating black behavior and for not shipping blacks off to Africa.

Contacted for comment, Senator McCain said he was shocked at the the racist comments, and claimed that he had not been in the church when the remarks were made.

I made up these stories. But imagine they were true. As a liberal, what would you think of Senator John McCain? Would liberals and the liberal media be saying, “Well, we can’t convict a man of guilt by association“? No friggin’ way!!! They would not only be demanding that Senator McCain suspend his presidential campaign; they would be hysterically demanding that he resign from the U.S. Senate!!! You KNOW they would.

And rightfully so. If John McCain had those associations, it would disqualify him from ever being president, and should frankly disqualify him from continuing to serve in the U.S. Senate.

But please tell me the difference between Senator Obama’s “associations” and the one’s I just made up (and realize, the only reason I have to make them up is because – unlike with Obama’s – they didn’t happen). It turns out that the only difference is the fact that Obama’s bomber bombed the Pentagon and New York Police headquarters (good targets from a liberal perspective) and my bomber bombed abortion clinics (bad targets from a liberal perspective). And it turns out that Obama’s pastor is an anti-American anti-white racist (good targets from a liberal perspective) and the pastor I desribed is an anti-American anti-black racist (bad targets from a liberal perspective).

It is time that liberals grew up and learned that hate is hate, and racism is racism, and it is simply unacceptable from anybody – particularly when it can be associated with a man who wants to be the president of the United States.

Any genuine candidate of reconciliation would not EVER have tolerated such people in his life. He would have confronted their racism, their anti-Americanism, and (in the case of Ayers) their violence against Americans, and they would have refused to associate with them. Period.