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Vilifying Paul Ryan to Divert Attention from H.R. 3200

Liberalism Requires a Villain

In the past few weeks, Congressional Democrats have implemented an old recycled strategy to help them pass H.R. 3200 - one of the most perilous bills ever written.  As is often the case, liberal ideology cannot be successful without a villain.  Liberalism needs a villain for two reasons; first, it needs to distract the public from focusing on issues liberals feel might hurt their ideological agenda.  And second, it needs a villain to generate enough frustration to oppose the progress of conservatism.  There are many examples of such vilification.  For global warming, they vilify big industry polluters.  For high gas prices, they vilify wealthy oil execs.   For the housing market meltdown, they vilify greedy Wall Street.   For the current recession, they vilify George Bush.  And the most recent vilification is, well, the profitable insurance companies.  Oh yes, expect wealthy insurance execs to testify before Congress concerning their record breaking profits. 

Recent polling data by Rasmussen has indicated that H.R. 3200 (the Public Option) is not sitting well with the public.  Albeit, those who oppose the bill are a slight majority (48% to 35%), the intensity at which they oppose the Public Option has created quite the stir across the nation.  As a result, Bloggers on certain Wisconsin websites are already starting to vilify citizens who oppose the bill.  Those who have practiced their constitutional right to let their voice be heard are now dubbed as an “angry right wing mob.”  What these bloggers don’t seem to understand is that recent polling data indicates that 80% of those who have health care insurance rate their coverage as either good or excellent.  And only 28% are willing to pay more taxes to extend health care coverage to everyone.   Clearly, they are barking up the wrong tree.   

Diverting Attention Away From the "Public Option"

In an Op-Ed entitled, “A Closer Look at Paul Ryan’s Health Plan”, Kelly Gallaher initiates the same tactic of creating a useful villain.  Instead of publishing an investigative report on the abounding problems with Obama’s socialized “Public Option,” Gallaher decides to demonize Congressman Paul Ryan, the only Republican that has authored a substantial free market alternative to ObamaCare. 

In the H.R. 3200, there are provisions that provide free health care coverage for illegals, gives the government access to our bank accounts, pays ACORN to recruit recipients for government health care, and restricts the type of treatments received by those in their “end of life” stage.  These provisions don't even include how the bill virtually rapes doctors in terms of capping their income and restricting their ability to practice medicine.  There are over a 1,000 pages to digest in the new proposal (enough to keep all of us busy), and instead of investigating the most important legislation to hit the halls of Congress in decades, Gallaher thinks it’s important to go after Paul Ryan’s free-market alternative.  No agenda there, hey?    

Vilifying Paul Ryan

Gallaher's biggest criticism of Ryan’s “Patient’s Choice Act” was that his refundable tax credit for individuals and families isn’t sufficient to cover the entire costs of current insurance rates.  There are two problems this assumption.  First, Ryan’s plan is not supposed to cover the entire costs of health care.  If it were, it would create a serious mandate to increase our taxes and substantially add to our national budget deficit.  This would defeat part of the reason why Congress is considering health care reform in the first place, that is to stop the trend of skyrocketing costs. 

Her second assumption is that health care premiums will stay at the current rate even after Ryan’s alternative is implemented.  Unlike the “Public Option”, the entire purpose of Ryan’s plan is to reduce the costs of health care.  The Patient’s Choice Act, through refundable tax credits, empowers individuals to select plans that are individually crafted for them, which will reduce health care costs for individuals tremendously.  This means that men in their 20’s will not have to pay for a plan that covers irrelevant tests “for them” like mammograms, hip replacements, pacemakers, and erectile dysfunction medications.    

Kelly Gallaher complains further that Ryan’s plan would “significantly weaken employer-based coverage because individuals receive the credit and employers no longer have an incentive to contribute.”  By making this statement, Gallaher demonstrates an ignorance of how employer insurance plans work.  Employer plans are intended to meet the health care needs of a wide array of employees.  By doing this, younger and healthier individuals are paying an inflated price for coverage they don’t need.  By empowering individuals to break away from superfluous coverage and enter the insurance marketplace with refundable tax credits, insurance companies will have to compete for their investment and loyalty.  A new market will open up to insurance companies that really haven’t existed before – at least not like this.

Now granted, Ryan's Patient's Choice Act will not be the end all to health care reform, but it's a significant start.  By empowering individuals, rather than employers, it creates more consumers for insurance vendors to compete over.  And the greater the supply of consumers, the lower the demand of product.  Prices will decrease and product quality will increase as a result.  Again, this will not be the answer for everything.  There is a difference between government regulation and government control, and right now we need better regulation of the insurance industry.  We need our representatives to engage in serious Tort Reform, and we need our citizenry to confront their Senators and Congressmen with vigilance.   

The Party of No

And lastly, I think it's important to address an egregious comment Kelly Gallaher made about Congressman Paul Ryan.  Gallaher said, "It is clear that my U.S. Representative, Paul Ryan, intends to play no role in helping to shape this historic legislation."  This is exactly how liberals play the game.  If you don't jump on board with what they consider to be real reform, then you are labeled an obstructionist or the "party of no" even though you have authored alternative health care reform legislation.  In Paul Ryan's case, he's made a solid effort to get his plan some recognition in Congress, but Democrats have largely ignored him because they currently have the power to do so.  Right now, it appears that Democrats are the "party of no" since they've repeatedly said no to Congressman Paul Ryan.

 

Comments (5)
  • Anonymous

    In the H.R. 3200, there are provisions that provide free health care coverage for illegals, gives the government access to our bank accounts, pays ACORN to recruit recipients for government health care, and restricts the type of treatments received by those in their “end of life” stage. These provisions don't even include how the bill virtually rapes doctors in terms of capping their income and restricting their ability to practice medicine.
    Everything you have written here is false. It is a part of the Republican disinformation campaign designed to scare people and demonize a reasonable set of reforms.

    Page 143 (section 246), for example, is called, "NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS," which sounds pretty clear.

    There is a provision about electronic medical records (cheaper and more accurate), which includes the line, "enable the real-time (or near real time) determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service." That is not access to your bank account, but rather information on whether you owe a copay or have met your deductible yet.

    The only time the word "recruit" appears in the bill is in discussion of adding doctors to the workforce. ACORN is not referenced. The bill does include a section on outreach and education, but it is explicit that ALL plans in the Insurance Exchange--including the private ones, which will be the bulk of what's available--are a part of that education.

    The bill includes NO restrictions on "end of life" care.

    The bill also includes NO caps on doctors' incomes nor does it restrict how, where, or when doctors may practice.

    Perhaps, Aaron, the 1000+ pages are too intimidating for you to read and actually check for yourself the Republican lies being spread about it. Read for yourself--think for yourself, too--and maybe you'll see just how much you're being duped.

  • Jason Crye

    Anon,

    If the items you laid out are true,and the website I got the information is disseminating false information, I will personally write a piece denouncing the site for others to see.

  • Jay Bullock

    Oops. The anon was me; I don't know why my name and info didn't take when the comment did ... We'll see if it works this time.

    Jay Bullock
    folkbum.com

  • Jason Crye

    Jay,

    I'm at work right now, so I won't be able to provide a substantive response today - maybe tonight if I have time.

    After just a cursory check, the "NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS," apparently cannot be enforced unless there is a verification process that shows that the person applying is indeed a citizen.

    This is important because Representative Dean Heller of Nevada called for an amendment that would provide verification of citizenship without the need of an additional agency, it was voted down along party lines in the House Ways and Means Committee.

    So it would appear that although there is a section that reads "No Federal Payment for Undocumented Aliens". If there is no way to enforce it, then it's just a front.

  • Zeus Rodriguez  - Yeah right

    Hey Jay, when you read the entire document, then you can suggest others do the same. And save your breath trying to convince anyone that you already have.

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