We’ve all heard the GOP wants to repeal “Obama Care.” While the right decries how bad the bill is, most on the left also think it’s pretty bad, simply because it didn’t go far enough (I’m among that group).
Finally I’ve found a credible source of comparison – The American College of Physician’s Bob Doherty, who in April wrote, “Is Obama Care really a GOP plan in sheep’s clothing?”
“The Democrats’ health-reform plan includes no public option and relies on managed competition through exchanges set up much like those for federal employees. The individual mandate in the plan sprang from a Heritage Foundation idea that was endorsed years ago by a range of conservatives and provided the backbone of the Massachusetts plan that was crafted and, until recently, heartily defended by Mitt Romney. It would be fair to describe the new act as Romneycare crossed with the managed-competition bill proposed in 1994 by Republican Sens. John Chafee, David Durenberger, Charles Grassley and Bob Dole — in other words, as a moderate Republican plan. Among its supporters is Durenberger, no one’s idea of a radical socialist.”
Keep these facts in mind when discussing the repeal of Obama Care with anyone interested in repealing it.
For the disgruntled on the left who wanted more. I’m with you, but Medicare and Social Security weren’t perfect (and still aren’t) when they were enacted.
We have a lot to build on – we need to get at it. I’ll have more to add on this later.