Monday, November 23, 2009

Republican Healthcare Alternatives . . . SLC responds to an anonymous comment

Yesterday, I entered a post lamenting the latest step towards socialism in America.  Yes, I'm opposed to Harry Reid's version of healthcare "reform."  The post prompted this anonymous comment:

And still I've yet to see a link to a Republican alternative to this terrible proposal of socialism.  Is the best strategy to "just say no" or would it be better to have a suggestion of other plans?

This comment is typical liberal "argument."  It is so full of holes it gives Swiss cheese a bad name.

But, what the heck, I'll bite.  Would it be better to have a suggestion?  Yep.  Sure would.  And, guess what if you've yet to see a link to a GOP alternative, you must not have looked very hard.  Try this one.  

Imbedded in the anonymous comment, too, is the erroneous assumption that the "healthcare crisis" is so horrible that it must be "fixed," no matter what the consequence.  And, worse yet, it assumes that a government takeover of healthcare could actually fix anything.


Anonymous said...

It seems SLC is doing some liberal interpreting of the comment. The post should be read as direct words. When I stated “this terrible proposal of socialism”, it should be understood I believe the current plans in the house and senate are “terrible proposals of socialism”. There is absolutely no assumption a government takeover of healthcare could actually fix anything. History shows government is rarely, if ever, the proper mechanism to solve any problems.

The question was only if the best strategy is to either reject the current proposals by just repeating how bad they are until people listen, or to offer an alternative and compare and contrast the differences. What in the comment suggested modifications to the healthcare system should be done “regardless of consequences”?

Also, thanks for the insult about “not looking very hard” for alternatives. My point was not that I’m unaware of other options. My question was why this blogger has not provided a link to what should be taking place in the healthcare arena? There are 48 posts noted on healthcare, and before the reply there were none dedicated to anything more than explaining and/or informing the reader that the other side is wrong.

So, now that we’re all square on the previous comment let me ask a question. Does the SLC believe there are problems in the current healthcare system requiring corrections, and if so, what does the SLC believe are the correct solutions?

St. Louis Conservative said...

I did read your comment as being sarcastic. Since that was not your intent, I do apologize. I am glad that you agree that Obamacare is a bad, socialist, idea.

So, to answer your original question . . . we must say no to the current proposals and we must also offer alternative solutions to real problems. It is not an either/or question.

The realities imposed by the balance of power in Washington these days do require a focus on stopping the Democrats from imposing their agenda. Like it or not, their agenda is the only one in play. The GOP can propose all the ideas its members want to propose and, without more votes in Congress, those ideas won't be heard, let alone enacted. And, at this site, I typically comment on the news of the day, rather than writing normative, wouldn't-it-be-great-if-things-were-different-and-I-was-in-charge posts.

There are, indeed, problems with America's healthcare system. Certainly costs are escalating out of control. Do I have all the answers? Nope. (Instead, I've got a real job and a family. Both, the former unfortunately and the latter happily, keep me from having the time or energy to brainstorm a new solution or scouring the country for all the best ideas or even from searching the sites of every congressperson or commentator with their own ideas.)

But, here are a couple of ideas that deserve support . . . medical malpractice/tort reform and allowing health insurance to be purchased across state lines. With Democrats in charge, don't look for either of those reforms to happen. Tune in again in January of 2011. Maybe then we'll have a chance.