Obama, predictably, has promised to veto the bill, and I'm sure he will. Can the Senate muster enough votes to override his veto? I don't know, but what worthies me more is the specter of GOPcare.
Three Congressional Republicans, Senators Orin Hatch and Richard Burr and Representative Fred Upton, have entered the first bicameral proposal of the 114th Congress – a bill that would replace Obamacare with something only marginally less onerous. These worthies would get rid of the individual mandate and the employee mandate, but still require insurers to cover dependent children to age 26 and mandate coverage for pre-existing conditions.
But the details of the Republican plan are immaterial and subject to change. The frightening thing is that they have a plan. Have they forgotten the major problem with Obamacare? Have they forgotten the major reason Americans rejected it and rejected Hillarycare and Trumancare before it? The problem, Senators and Representatives, is that the government cannot possibly do as good a job of delivering health care as my doctor can.
Representative Tom Price, Republican of Georgia, said after Tuesday's vote, "We need health care reform that makes the system more responsive to patients, families, and doctors – reforms that preserve and protect the doctor-patient relationship." Wait. What?
You sound like Obama, Mr. Price – or worse, Nancy Pelosi. Who gave you the right to decide what Americans "need" in their health care? And what makes you think our health care system needs any kind of "reform" – particularly traditionally disastrous government reform?" And where did you ever get the cockamamie idea that we need – or want – government protection for our doctor-patient relationships?
This may come as a surprise to you, Mr. Price, and to you Senators Hatch and Burr and Representative Upton, but health care has survived and thrived since Hippocrates – for the last 2,500 years – without the assistance of the US Congress. The science of Medicine is healthy and well, Congressmen, and it does not need your inept, uninformed, and venally misdirected "help."
The American People are not all stupid Democrats, Congressmen. Most of us know that "reform" is a code word for fixing something that's not broken in order to steal money that's not yet been stolen. But "reforming" our access to life-and-death health care is going too far, gentlemen. Repeal Obamacare and take a solemn oath to keep your noses the hell out of my doctor's office.
Bottom line, Congressmen, we don't "need" health care "reform" – and we don't want the government involved in our doctor-patient relationships any more than we want them involved in our bedroom relationships. So bug off and find some other way to mismanage our tax dollars.
'You want to do something to improve Americans' access to affordable and effective health care? Repeal Medicaid!