Point by point response to Rep Steve Israels Op Ed on CNN.com
I had a little fun breaking down DCCC chair Steve Israels Op Ed on CNN.com. The Democrats are desperately trying to deflect blame for the disaster they’ve inflicted on the American people.
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GOP’s ‘playbook’ to deny Americans health care
By Steve Israel
GOP playbook on Obamacare sabotage
(CNN) — New Yorkers have two ways of looking at a problem. You can ask, “What went wrong, and who do we blame?” or you can roll up your sleeves and ask, “What went wrong, and how do we fix it?”
If anyone in America had any question about which question congressional Republicans would ask, we now have an answer: House Republicans engineered a 17-page playbook detailing how to sabotage and repeal the Affordable Care Act so they can score political points. In this lengthy manual, however, Republicans didn’t offer a single idea for solutions, for helping constituents enroll in health care or understand their benefits. Rather, the entire handbook is a tactical guide to tearing down the law.
Republicans have no playbook to create jobs, they have no playbook to build infrastructure, they have no playbook to pass immigration reform, they have no playbook to pass a budget — and they have no playbook to propose a better health care system.
Their only playbook is to take us back to a system that didn’t work, that led hardworking people into bankruptcy and gave insurance companies unchecked power to deny care and drop coverage. Democrats, on the other hand, are going to relentlessly remind Americans that one party is willing to fix the Affordable Care Act and that one party — the Republican Party — wants to repeal the law and put insurance companies back in charge.
Because when Americans see Republicans in Congress sharing an anecdote or holding a hearing, they can know it is designed to do one thing: Take the country back to the dark days when our health care system didn’t work.
I really can’t believe the leaders of my beloved country push these Goebbels – like talking points. Steve Israel used a tremendous amount of political capital with the specific goal of destroying health insurance companies. Now, as peoples contracts are cancelled as a direct result of this law, he is blaming the entity that opposed his action. Do you think that the Democrats actually believe this nonsense? Its just mind numbing.
And This is about as outrageous a statement as Ive ever read;
“(Republicans want to) take the country back to the dark days when our health care system didn’t work.”
Steve, are you making the argument that the health care system is working now with Obamacare?
Obamacare is a national embarrassment and an international punchline. Millions more people have LOST health coverage than have GAINED health coverage. Israel is either so entrenched in Washington and the media that he just can’t see reality, or he is such a malicious tyrant that he willingly inflicts pain on the people he purportedly represents. It gets harder and harder to believe the former.
As a Democrat who represents countless families who need the reforms from the Affordable Care Act, there’s no question in my mind that the problems that have emerged as the health care exchanges have rolled out need to be fixed, and soon, so that the act works for the American people. One thing is clear: We can’t go back to a broken system that doesn’t cover a woman because she had breast cancer or one in which a 24-year-old is kicked off his parents insurance.
Again Steve, YOU have knocked cancer patients off their insurance, and then the President claimed they were too stupid to appreciate what you did. And when parents lose their coverage because of what you’ve done, their kids lose coverage too regardless of their age. Genius.
When Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans feign concern over the problems with the law or the glitches with implementation, they have no credibility.
The law is already measurably helping Americans and the American economy. A report this week from the Council on Economic Advisers said that health care inflation is at the lowest rate in a generation and that health care spending has risen by the lowest rate of growth ever recorded, improvements brought about, in part, by the law. And this is to say nothing of the vital consumer protections the law has brought about.
CEA is a three member panel that work for the White House and serve at the Presidents pleasure. It is also the same group of economic advisors that approved of the law before the President signed it. A quick wiki of the 3 member panel (Jason Furman,James H. Stock and Betsey Stevenson)show they all have hard left roots and almost certainly would not give an objective criticism of a law named after President Obama.
And BTW Steve, I seem to the remember the President promising that not only won’t healthcare premiums rise but the average American family will save $2500 a year to jam the ACA home. We never even hear that lie anymore, as the Ministry of Truth has erased it from history.
When the dust clears, the American people will see one basic principle: Democrats are striving to improve the law, and Republicans are striving to sabotage it, rooting for failure and refusing to offer any ideas of their own about how to improve the system.
Yes Steve, you’ve got us. We root for the failure of Marxism . We rooted against the USSR . We root against Cuba and North Korea. Not against the people who were or are currently being tormented by these regimes, mind you, but we root against the regimes themselves. And we root against the Democrats and their laws because you share that destructive Marxist mind set. You know this, which is why you and your pals OWS praise centralized healthcare systems. You don’t admit to being a Marxist because the voters of your Long Island district would run you out of office. This time you’re gonna be chased anyway.
To your second point I have an idea so that more people will have access to the health insurance system ;
How about the Federal Government stop taking private policies away from people….?
50 -100M people risk losing their health insurance when the employer mandate goes into effect. This will have untold ramifications on the nations healthcare delivery systems. I am sure the Democrats will dictate some stopgap fix to try and weasel past the 2014 midterms, and the Republicans may well go along with it, but its only a matter of time before the Obamacare Hits the Fan.
The debate over health care is a microcosm of the broader debate between Democrats and Republicans about the big issues facing our country, whether it’s ending the Medicare guarantee or making sure corporations pay their fair share. In the coming months, we’ll see the divide between the parties on full display, as Republicans yet again hurtle the country toward more shutdown showdowns and fiscal brinksmanship this winter.
Steve, there is no Medicare guarantee. Yes I realize you’re probably talking about Medigap protections in your own sloppy way, but the Democrats don’t personally guarantee any part of Medicare. Or Social Security. In fact, the fiscal operations of these entities would subject many in Congress to a Felony Indictment if private sector laws were applied.
These programs are crumbling. They are fundamentally unsound. I know this because I’ve read the actuarial reports from the Presidents own appointees.
Make no mistake: As Republicans show that their priority is to protect special interests, destroy the Affordable Care Act and side with insurance companies, Democrats will stand on the side of hardworking families. House Democrats will continue to work to offer commonsense solutions to the American people so that health care works, middle-class families can get ahead and the dysfunction in Washington stops jeopardizing the prosperity of this great nation.