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The Republican’s Declaration of Health Care Independence

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The end of January saw the launch of what the House Republicans are calling the Declaration of Health Care Independence. Some would say that many of their votes have been to deny more and more Americans the chance of getting care, so the name fits.

It’s interesting that the press conference that Representative’s King and Bachman held used symbolism of the Boston Massacre to explain the victory of newly elected Senator Brown in Minnesota. It makes you wonder if they get that it was the British that did the shooting. They also as the Minnesota Independent pointed out, seemed to miss that Senator Brown actually voted for coverage that the group is against.

But let’s look at the main ideas. They’re a little hard to get at because, for the most part, the statements have been a lot of rhetoric, and as the Minneapolis Star Tribune pointed out not filled with details. Reading the document, there is nothing in it that would even pass as bill language.

Now when asked, the Representatives have pushed their three main ideas:

  • Tort Reform
  • Opening the borders to buy health insurance in other states.
  • Tax breaks to buy coverage.

So the .5% savings from taking away peoples constitutional rights, being able to get unregulated crappy coverage from another state, and giving people without coverage a tax break will get it done? Really?