Bob Lynne: Insurance plan?
Editor: The Massachusetts health care plan, written by the conservative Heritage Foundation and implemented by Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006, eventually became the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Republicans were for it until the Democrats implemented it.
Republicans voted 60 times to repeal Obamacare, a move that would have left millions with no health care. They ran successful campaigns promising to repeal the program with no plan to replace it. Now Mitch McConnell is in the courts trying to kill it again and they still have no plan to replace it. They recently reauthorized cheap insurance plans that cover little and will bankrupt most families with one major illness. This is not a plan.
The United States spends two times more for health care than any other industrial country, and yet we are the only country that does not have universal health care.
Conservatives want to keep those with money happy but cut funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP that help people whose wages have remained stagnant.
Jonathan Chait of the Daily Intelligencer summed it up in 2017: “The Republican plan expresses one of the core beliefs shared by movement Conservatives, and utterly alien to people across the globe, right and left: that people who can’t afford the cost of their own medical care have nobody to blame but themselves.”
I would sum up Republicans’ real plan: If you cannot afford insurance, don’t get sick, and if you do, die quickly so your relatives won’t be flooded with medical bills.