Email letters, November 12,  2013

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Bruce Taylor’s on-line letter – “GOP has indeed put forth many health care reforms” – suggests that he has been profoundly confused by Republican propaganda.

Yes, the “GOP has indeed put forth many health care reforms”.  Collectively, they are now called the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” of 2010 (“ACA”).

As Dr. Pramenko previously chronicled, virtually every element of the ACA – including the “individual mandate”—originated with Republicans.  The Heritage Foundation, Club 20, and Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission all endorsed the ACA’s “market-driven” approach, which was successfully tested in Massachusetts under Republican Governor Romney.  Only after President Obama reluctantly embraced their ideas did Republicans cynically abandon them.

Moreover, the ACA did not “destroy reasonable health insurance markets for millions in order to assist those in need”.  Indeed, the ACA “grandfathered” all then-existing policies – attempting to fulfill the promise that “if you like your current policy, you can keep it”. 

However, there is now increasing evidence that many health insurers deliberately “baited and switched” insureds out of their “grandfathered” policies into non-compliant policies –  knowing (but not informing purchasers) those policies would have to be cancelled by January 1, 2014

While anti-ObamaCare Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) conceded in September that the GOP has no credible alternative to the ACA (other than reversion to the previous dysfunctional “system” that the ACA was intended to reform), Taylor cites the elements of H.R. 3400, recently touted by Scott (“Tea Party”) Tipton.

That “Republican alternative” remains in committee (and thus has not yet been “scored” by the CBO) because it would cost $100 billion more annually than the ACA, would tax employer-paid premiums as income, undercut state regulation of health insurers, permits discrimination based on “pre-existing conditions”, and recycles already discredited ideas.

Therefore, “it is dishonest to say that these are . . . real reforms”.



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