The corrosion of Aaron Stone


On Republicans and Obama's healthcare plans

From this AP story on Obama pressing doctors to back health care overhaul:

GOP Rep. Tom Price of Georgia – a former orthopedic surgeon – reacted preemptively to Obama’s speech by accusing him of seeking a “government takeover” of health care. Speaking to reporters on a conference call organized by the Republican National Committee, Price said a committee that Obama’s administration has established to study the effectiveness of various medical treatments would turn into a “rationing board” to overrule doctors and deny patients care. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and other Republicans introduced legislation to ban the rationing of care on such a basis.

Hello, pot? Yeah, this is kettle. You’re black! If these guys are going to draft legislation that prevents all insurance companies from denying coverage, awesome. If they allow private insurers to cut coverage but not a future public insurance, that’s just one more scummy way that Republicans write laws specifically to doom government agencies to fail, then rail against those same agencies saying they shouldn’t exist.