The Democratic Response to Bush's Health Care "Plan"
by bluenc, Thu Jan 19, 2006 at 11:37:16 AM EST
- Same old, same old: There's nothing new here. This is all stuff that Bush has put before Congress in previous years, and was stalled. There's little or no support for these bad ideas, yet Bush is trying to repackage them. Bottom line: Bush is out of ideas. He's desperate for anything, after a year of free-falling poll numbers.
- Social Security "reform" all over again: This is the same idea as Bush's Social Security privatization scheme. We've seen what Bush thinks about health care: he pushed for unprecedented cuts in Medicare and Medicaid. Bush is simply trying to recycle his bad Social Security plan. Well, the American people didn't buy it the first time, and they won't buy it the second time.
- A serious problem needs a serious solution: Health care is a serious problem for millions of Americans. It's been the most important domestic issue for decades. There are significant systemic problems in American health care that need to be addressed. What is Bush's solution? A band-aid. Instead of being a bold leader and tackling the real issue, Bush is playing politics. Actions speak louder than words, Mr. President.
- Bush doesn't want to do anything for ordinary Americans: This plan, if you can call it that, intends to insulate the CEOs from the problem millions of Americans face. It also tries to reward companies for not providing health insurance to their employees. In short, this plan is just another Republican giveaway to its big business cronies.
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