Two Paths: Yes, The Republicans Have A Bill

The Republican Party has put together an alternative to Pelosi/Obamacare, and it has been scored by the CBO.  You can get all the details here. As Democrats argue that Republicans are the “do nothing” party who is only out to oppose any and all reforms, I thought it might be nice to look at the Republican plan and dispel such a myth.

This bill that the Republicans put together doesn’t have a shot at passing.  The “do nothing” Democrats already have their bill.  They don’t have enough votes in their own party to pass it yet, but they are working overtime to put together enough bribe money from your tax dollars to get those votes.  If you are wondering what I mean by that, see any of my earlier posts about pork and earmarks.  See especially, Obama’s Stimulus plan.

However, even though it doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell, here is a quick breakdown of what might have been, and what possibly could be after 2010:

Cost:

Pelosi/Obamacare is set to run us about $1.3 trillion according to the CBO.  The Republican plan?  $61 billion.

Length:

Pelosi/Obamacare is 2,032 pages sofar.  The only reason anyone knows this is because someone looked at the page number on the last page, not because someone has actually read the bill all the way through and counted.  The Republican bill?  219 pages.

Lower Health Insurance Costs:

According to the CBO, not in the Democrat plan.  Through higher taxes on insurers and health providers, the Dem plan will actually increase the cost of insurance premiums.  Then the government will take your own money and give it back to you in the form of controlling subsidies to make you buy insurance.

On the other hand, the Republican bill, according to the CBO, should cut family premiums by up to $5,000 per family and small business premiums by up to 10%.

How about fiscal responsibility?:

Yeah, remember?  That thing everyone wants but no party can seem to achieve?  Pelosi and Obama keep talking about how their plan will cut the deficit.  But that is only because they took $210 billion out of the bill and made it a separate unfunded bill.  By the way, that is about three times the total cost of the Republican bill.  The Democrat bill also increases taxes on Americans, in a recession, by about $750 billion dollars.

According to the CBO, the Republican bill reduces the deficit by $68 billion, cuts government healthcare costs over the long term, and cuts costs immediately without raising taxes.

Will Obamacare make unemployment worse?:

Since 2007 when Democrats took over, unemployment has increased by 5.3% to the current rate of 10.2%.  Will Pelosi/Obamacare help?  Not according to the CBO.  According to the CBO, the Democrat health plan by itself will cause 5.5 million jobs to be lost over the next ten years.  They do this by forcing businesses to buy health insurance or face a new 8% tax based on payroll.  How do you, as a business owner who can’t afford a company policy, avoid this tax?  Simple, cut payrolls.

Republicans on the other hand have no employer mandate and instead allow businesses to pool resources and negotiate lower cost plans from health insurance companies.

Rationing and Death Panels:

Ok, so “death panels” is a drastic and perhaps overly dramatic term.  How about government mandated waiting lists if there are insufficient funds to pay for healthcare costs?  How about a Health Advisory Board to determine what treatments and benefits the government will cover?  How about a Comparison Effectiveness Research Commission that determines which treatments your doctor can use based on what the government thinks is effective and what the government is willing to pay for?  How about a Health Choices Commissioner who gets to decide which doctors and hospitals can participate in government or private plans?  That along with end of life counseling is certainly enough to make the case that the Democrat bill contains rationing.

States’ Rights:

Constitutionally speaking, the Democrat bill is a monster.  While still not allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, the Democrat plan forces states to pay an extra $34 billion, according to the CBO, in unfunded Medicaid costs.  Once again, the entire Republican bill is $61 billion.

Abortion Funding:

Last and most important, the Democrat bill mandates that I pay for abortion with my tax dollars.  The government-run public option will be mandated to cover elective abortions.  The Democrat plan requires that at least one insurance plan in every market cover abortions.  And people who enroll in the government-run plan will be paying for abortions directly through their premiums.

The Republican plan prohibits federal funding for elective abortion and does not mandate abortion coverage.

I don’t suppose it will take Democrats a whole year to finally pass their health insurance bill.  But if it does, maybe we can change the game in 2010 and give the Republican option a shot.

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4 Responses to “Two Paths: Yes, The Republicans Have A Bill”


  1. 1 Micah November 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Wow really? this is the most bias article I have read in quite awhile. This article doesnt get many of the facts right. Not only is the bill that the dems will most likey pass with in the next week not be the final bill that gets passed into law but the Health care reform that will get passed should have a public option so that everyone in this nation can get proper health care. Im not just talking about people who need their doctor to give them a check up so that they can go on their five week vaction to where ever Im talking about health care for the American’s who have Cancer or other life-threatening issues. Why is it that you people who mostly claim to be Christians dont want to help your own neigbhors like the Bible says? Conservatives are the biggest effing hypocrites in the world even bigger than Radical Jihadist. Maybe if you actually paid attention and gave a rats ass you would see that the dems want to get the bill paid for BY cutting other costs like trying to prevent illness and preventing fraud and about 40% of current healthcare cost is from fraud and preventalbe illnesses and FYI this bill will create MORE JOBS not create job loss the “CBO” lies more often than not. anyway Im done go do some research dont just jump to conclusion and fyi this page is not research its a blog done by some bias hypocrite.

  2. 2 ikefriday November 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Micah, you show me one place in the Bible where Jesus tells the government that they have a responsibility to take your money and give it to charity. One place, and I will shut down this blog and never post again.

    Who do you trust more when it comes to jobs, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office or Obama who claims to have saved or created 650,000 jobs, when he has actually lost more than 3 million, and promised that if we passed the stimulus bill unemployment would stay below 8% when it has actually gone over 10%. You are the one who needs to do your research.

    A “public option” (government run insurance plan) is not free insurance. All it does is turn Pelosi and Obama into the CEOs of a tax subsidized insurance company. It is unconstitutional.

  3. 3 ikefriday November 7, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Again, regarding your comment about the Bible, Jesus commands individuals to give to charity and to support one another. So let me ask you Micah, who calls me a hypocrite because I don’t support the government takeover of health insurance, when is the last time you obeyed the Bible and paid for someone else’s healthcare out of your own pocket?

  4. 4 Backpacker Insurance November 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm

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