Well, Richard Burr is a little short and little late. He’s offered up an alternative to Obamacare that he claims keeps the best parts of the new law while scrapping the onerous parts. You know, more gain with no pain.
Where was this law back in 2005 or 2006 when the GOP controlled the White House and both Houses of Congress? Polling showed that health care reform was Americans’ top priority but the Republicans at the time couldn’t offer any response. Now, they are full of ideas as long as it’s not Obamacare.
Unfortunately, Burr’s plan doesn’t adequately address pre-existing conditions. His plan kicks everybody into a high-risk pool. I’m not sure how putting everybody who has health issues into a single pool is going to reduce costs for the people who need care the most. It sounds like a continuation of the old system, which gives cheap insurance to those who least need it and expensive care to those who need it most.
In reality, the GOP doesn’t care about health care reform any more than it cares about income inequality. They care about keeping Obamacare an issue in the 2014 elections. That’s what Senator Burr’s bill is really about.
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