Hola muchachos! As usual, your hombre-in-chief finds himself surrounded by slackers who can’t be bothered to write a blog article but send prolific essays to our super-secret email list. And the worst offender in this class is clearly Angry Overeducated Catholic. When he isn’t hero-worshipping Dick Cheney, Angry Overeducated Catholic often spends his time as a shameless Republican apologist. Many Republicans are soulless shills for Big Business, and so is AOC most of the time. But when Big Business prolongs it’s existence due to the help of The Evil Government(TM), then AOC strikes out in anger, this time against the insurance industry (because they have been corrupted via The Evil Government)! Ignore AOC’s bizarre fantasy that Republicans actual care a lick about healthcare reform and read the list anyway. As he rightly notes, the insurance industry is a key part of the problem, and he can join Nancy Pelosi in wanting to shaft them whenever possible. Anyway muchachos, enjoy the fun -ANM
Angry Overeducated Catholic
Repealing the tax benefits would seem to be a no brainer, unless of course your actual goal was to increase dependency on insurance (public or private) and basically fully socialize a large percentage of the US economy.
Seriously, if the Dems wanted real reform, it’s not that hard (and much of this has been proposed by the Republicans from day one):
- tort reform limiting the ridiculous liability that forces doctors to pay $200K plus in annual premiums to insurance companies
- providing tax-free medical savings accounts which give people an option for tax free health spending that doesn’t involve insurance companies
- incentivizing catastrophic care insurance which provides a cushion for unexpected crises without sending giant premiums to insurance companies
- limit or repeal the tax advantages which incentivize comprehensive health insurance and enrich insurance companies
- repeal or flatten the patchwork of state regulations which distort local insurance markets and benefit insurance companies by eliminating competition
- generally reduce the state’s role in the health industry, as massive regulation and government involvement always benefit larger corporate players, such as major insurance companies
I can’t help but note that every one of these proposals, viciously opposed by Democrats, would seem to also be opposed by the aforementioned evil insurance companies.
Kinda makes you wonder who their real friends are, doesn’t it?
(Of course the GOP ain’t lily white, but big business and especially small businesses aren’t happy with the insurers on this issue and that means their GOP allies have divided loyalties, at best, from the insurance company perspective. And in reality, the Dems aren’t shills for the insurers either, so much as shills for trial lawyers (1st), unions (2nd, 3rd, 4th), and government (5th, 6th).)