The Opposition Will Vote No Anyway – So Stick With Good Health Care Reform!

August 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm 3 comments

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has today given the proponents of strong health care reform a huge gift:  he has admitted that it does not matter what the content of any bill is.  Even if the final bill contains everything he wants, he will vote against it.

Senator Grassley has laid bare the strategy of opponents of health care reform:  defeat the legislation regardless of its content.  Since the Senator is one of the more powerful and moderate voices of the Republican party in Congress, it seems unlikely that further efforts at bipartisan negotiations will yield fruitful results.

This is a gift to proponents for a true public option – the only path to true health care reform.  Nothing is to be gained by abandoning the President’s commitment to a strong public plan in health reform that would be available nationwide, would be entirely portable and would keep the private insurance market honest by providing innovation and competition where little competition exists today.  (Most private insurance markets are dominated by two companies:  Wellpoint and United Healthcare.)

We urge policy-makers to remember the truth amidst all the noise.  We need health care reform.  We need a true public option!

Entry filed under: Health Care Reform.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. W. Medinger  |  August 18, 2009 at 10:58 am

    As someone who lived in Canada a while ago and knows the Canadian system first hand, I found this interesting:,0,538126.story

  • 2. Judith Stein  |  August 18, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for the link and for commenting.

  • 3. Silvia  |  August 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    How about abolish this redistribution of wealth “program” altogether and keep the government’s greedy fingers out of our pockets? People can then go to whichever doctor, for whatever reason, whenever they choose to do so ,without the prying eyes of the government, the forms, and the pretense at “privacy” offered up under more bureaucracy which has been a red herring and only led to less privacy. Allow people the freedom of keeping their money to use as they please; a concept whose time has come again!


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