Since I’ve been off from blogging- or more so, mainly over the past week – I’ve been called a racist, a Nazi, a brownshirt, un-American, a holocaust denier, a terrorist, a political terrorist, and even worse then a 9/11 terrorist…all because I have a dissenting viewpoint on what Dear Leader is calling healthcare reform…or health insurance reform…or whatever he’s calling this week.
And the fact that the name calling is coming from the same closed minded and intolerant progressives who have been yelling for the past eight years that dissent is the highest form of patriotism is an irony that is not lost on me. That’s just a pet peeve of mine, up there with the realization that criticizing your own party is a waste of time when in the end you’re accused of blindly following it anyway, and hearing people say that Fox News should be taken off the air based on something they heard from MSNBC. Another peeve is hearing that the Republican’s have no ideas to reform health care of their own.
Of course in Liberaleese, when you have an idea that differs from what they think, it’s the same of not having one on the first place (again, they’re closed minded and intolerant of anyone who has a different viewpoint). Dear Leader constantly denies the R’s have any alternatives, even when they physically hand him their alternatives (as was the case with Eric Cantor and the stimulus bill). So even though the R’s have at least four alternative bills that they’ve introduced, not to mention a video podcast twice a week featuring two Republican senators who are also family physicians, it’s no surprise it’s all being ignored in lieu of…Hey, look over there at that obvious distraction!
That’s where we come in, to help school people that yes Virginia, the Republicans do in fact want to reform health care, even though we think the current plan for ObamaCare su-diddly-ucks. I’ve highlighted three such examples:
The Empower Patients First Act relies on the principle that, by increasing patients’ control over their health decisions, we will make coverage more affordable, accessible and responsive, while offering more choices and the highest-quality care. The legislation also moves ownership of health plans from a third party to patients. When insurers are forced to be responsive to individuals, we will see the industry move to a more patient-centered model we should all seek.*
The Patients’ Choice Act of 2009, transforms health care in America by strengthening the relationship between the patient and the doctor; using choice and competition rather than rationing and restrictions to contain costs; and ensuring universal, affordable health care for all Americans. “The Patients’ Choice Act” promotes innovative, State-based solutions, along with fundamental reforms in the tax code, to give every American, regardless of employment status, age, or health condition, the ability and the resources to purchase health insurance. The comprehensive legislation includes concrete prevention and transparency initiatives, long overdue reforms to Medicare and Medicaid, investments in wellness programs and health IT, and more.*
Then there’s my personal favourite, which is less a bill as much as it was an editorial in the Wall Street Journal called “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare.” John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods wrote something that was so troubling and so offensive, there are closed minded and intolerant progressives who are now boycotting the store because of it. In it he suggests such radical reforms like enacting tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, or repealling all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.
He also had this crazy idea that most of the diseases that kill us are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption** and other healthy lifestyle choices. What a right-wing extremist!
* – Yes, I totally cut and paste those two paragraphs.
** – Not that we here at JBdotC condone minimal alcohol consumption…