Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Eye Recommend --- Unsportsmanlike Conduct on Health Care Policy

The Republican led U.S. House of Representatives has attempted to repeal the ACA 48 times and failed.  Now Republicans in the U.S. Senate are having a go at insuring the health care law fails.  
Mr. Benen, with a little help from Jonathan Cohn and Norm Ornstein, has written an excellent article exposing the Republican Party's double standard when it comes to laws of the land.
Senate Republicans have recently contacted the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA and NASCAR to urge them not to help with Washington's efforts to inform the public about health care benefits Americans are legally entitled to.
"...The federal government is starting a public education campaign about Obamacare...simply to inform the public about the new insurance options that will be available once the law takes full effect.  In 2005, the Bush Administration ran a similar campaign to let seniors know about the Medicare drug benefit...

...'Romneycare' in Massachusetts, offers a perfect parallel.  When a Republican governor created a system practically identical to President Obama's health care model, he needed to get the word out so residents...would sign up.  It made sense to partner with the Red Sox and it worked beautifully--the team played 'a central role' in getting the word out to the public.

Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn are likely aware of this, and desperately hope to avoid similar circumstances.  As a result, they're using their power to pressure sports leagues to help keep Americans in the dark, even if that means (especially if that means) undercutting federal law and families going without benefits to which they are entitled.

But the 2005 campaign with the Bush/Cheney administration's Medicare Part D offers another important reminder from the recent past--Democrats didn't like anything about this legislation, but they didn't try to sabotage the American system after it passed."
The Bush administration insisted that the entire cost be added to the deficit; not one penny was to be paid for out of his budget.
"But once it was law, (Democrats) weren't going to punish needy seniors to sabotage (it).  It is remarkable to use threats of congressional power to intimidate sports organizations so that people who need insurance or need help knowing what is available to them will suffer by being kept in the dark.  Stick it to millions so you can stick it to the president?  That is statesmanship?"
A law is a law, unless you're a Republican.  In that case, there are caveats, to wit:  A Republican written law shall be supported and revered; a Democrat written law shall be sabotaged and repealed .

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