Republicans who want to kill Medicare, hand seniors some vouchers and say, “Good luck out there in the private insurance market!” don’t want to staff a board that will oversee Medicare spending and make intelligent reductions while providing comparable service, because, says Orrin Hatch, “We don’t believe in rationing, nor do we believe in an unaccountable organization like that. I mean that’s crazy.”
Of course, private insurance companies who don’t want to touch sickly old people with a ten-foot pole are completely accountable, right? See, folks, you may not be able to have any kind of decent plan anymore, or one at all, but you’ll be free. But if a government board with members selected by Congress makes decisions about better spending, that’s unaccountable “rationing.” Yes, having this board allows some degree of tough decision-making, but don’t Republicans believe that Congress is generally ineffective at reducing spending by itself?
I just don’t know what to make of America anymore if it continues falling for this crap much longer. Republicans said DEATH PANELS at the prospect of Medicare balking on a heart operation for a 89 year old cancer patient, and then turn around and say, hey, let’s end that Medicare anyway, right?
Exactly how much more transparent do they have to be before people say enough?