Thursday, March 5, 2009

Let the Talks Commence

Well, my gentle snowflakes, if there was ever any doubt in your minds, be at ease.

Senator Mitch McConnell has sent a letter
to President Obama stating,
  • “Forcing free market plans to compete with these government-run programs would create an unlevel playing field and inevitably doom true competition...Ultimately, we would be left with a single government-run program controlling all of the market."
I guess the poor Republicans have become so flabbergasted they are reduced to actually telling the truth.

Just a few points:
  1. If the free market plans are so good, why do they need protecting?
  2. McConnell seems to be conceding that a single-payer, government run system would be more efficient than the free market plans and thereby put the free market plans out of business. (This would be a bad thing?)
  3. If it is "true competition" that Sen McConnell is seeking, the big insurance companies should be able to run Medicare-for-All right out of business, IF the insurance companies are truly better, more efficient, better received and liked by the customers (that's us, folks).
  4. McConnell and his fellow signers--Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Orrin Hatch of Utah--certainly do seem to be entering into these negotiations/planning sessions with open minds, don't they?
Oh, boy. Just gotta' love 'em.

There is a ray of light in this otherwise dark, dark tunnel. Team Obama has said they will have single-payer advocates at the meeting.


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