UPDATE: How does the most recently unveiled health care proposal, presented by Max Baucus, D-MT, and the Senate Finance Committee, compare? Very similar, in fact. Here is what Senator Jon Kyl, R-AZ, said on the 9/16/2009 Hugh Hewitt radio show: “It provides for a government takeover of health care…. [I]f you take the true costs, it’s over a trillion dollars. It will cut Medicare significantly, hurting care for seniors. It’ll mandate that everybody in America have insurance, as defined by the federal government. It will raise a lot of taxes in order to pay for that insurance for people who can’t afford it. And it will set up a regulatory regime for all insurance which will end up with government-run insurance. Now, that’s to be distinguished from a government health care plan, or a government-run insurance company. They call that a ‘co-op’, and there’s that in here, too. But, that’s different from running health care. And, at the end of the day, this bill puts Washington in charge of all health care in America….” Of course, Kyl was only addressing some of the provisions of the Senate bill, but it sounds awfully familiar to me.
UPDATE 2: Yes! The “public option” has been soundly defeated – by members of both parties – in the Senate. But, this is not the end. And there is still plenty to object to in the Democrat-proposed bills. The drama continues….
UPDATE 3: 10/11/2009: Democrats in both the House and the Senate have been hard at work the past few days, crafting new versions of their various health care bills. Of course, it’s all “behind closed doors”. What can we expect? Read this article about the “Secret Plan”. (Yeah, I know it sounds kinda hokey, paranoid, conspiratorial. But this investigation is by some very well-respected journalists & researchers.)
One last thing. Many Left-leaning people like to say that Republicans are “the party of NO” and that conservatives in general are just whiners and complainers with no real solutions of their own. Well, that just isn’t the case. Granted, some of our leaders on the Right don’t always get their “stuff” together as soon as I would like. But there are, indeed, conservative Senators, Representatives, Governors, etc., who are putting out good ideas to address various political & cultural issues. They are backed up by solid research by respected think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), American Solutions, and the Center for Health Transformation.
Go here for some examples of Health Care Solutions from the Right side of the aisle.
Then, if you haven’t already done so, go to Free Our Health Care NOW! to see what you can do to take action!