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Robert Spencer and the Extremists

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HelloDare9/09/2009 3:37:53 pm PDT

re: #652 Killgore Trout

Good for him. Republicans simply aren’t interested in healthcare reform, they never have been. …

Wrong.

What kind of health-care reform would Republicans like to see? Four conservative GOP lawmakers — Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Richard Burr of North Carolina, along with Congressmen Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Devin Nunes of California — introduced a proposal on May 19 that looks a lot like the one John McCain advanced during his presidential campaign as well as an idea George W. Bush advanced as President.

But it also includes the kind of rhetoric more generally associated with the Democrats. A 15-page summary of the bill begins: “It is time to publicly admit that the health-care system in America is broken. Costs are rising at an unacceptable rate — more than doubling over the last 10 years, which is nearly four times the rate of wage growth. Too many patients feel trapped by health-care decisions dictated by HMOs. Too many doctors are torn between practicing medicine and practicing insurance. And 47 million Americans worry what will happen to them or their children if they get sick.”