Mental about healthcare Reform

October 28, 2009

When Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the main spokesperson on health care matters for John McCain during the 2008 presidential election, noted, as any good operative might, that there is a “political benefit” to simply opposing Democratic legislation without the need to put forth a Republican alternative, it was easy to dismiss the sentiment as the cynical, rancorous rhetoric of bipartisanship politics in our nation today.

And that would be the end of it if it weren’t for the simple fact that Mr. Holtz-Eakin is about to lose his health insurance. As a matter of fact, according to the Washington Post, not only is Mr. Holtz-Eakin running out of extensions on his employer-based health insurance, because of a pre-existing condition, he also faces the possibility of exorbitant costs for an individual plan, if he qualifies for one at all.

So, now, it seems, the one-time McCain economist has a some-what different perspective on the health care debate then he did back then. Now that he, himself, is losing his cheap, employer provided health care plan, he believes that the Republicans should actually have their own plan. Fortunately for Mr. Holtz-Eakin, House Minority Leader John Boehner has come to the rescue, pledging that the Republican Party would produce an actual piece of legislation to save poor Mr. Holtz-Eakin from having to become a Democrat. “I’m glad to see this happening and I’m looking forward to the particulars when they come out,” he said. I’ll bet he is. But, he shouldn’t hold his breath: It has been more than 135 days since House Republicans promised to provide a health care alternative to the Democrat’s plan. Until Mr. Holtz-Eakin made his plea the Republicans seemed content to complain about the length of the bill put forward by the Democrats.

Now, I’m now political strategist, and I am most certainly not a Republican political operative, but, it seems to me that until Republicans stop the unseemly practice of putting forward a platform that even they, themselves, must depart from to cope with the practical realities of everyday life in the U. S. of A., they will continue to drift further from relevancy, out of touch with a populus that sees them as, at best, the party of “No”, and, at worst, mean-spirited, greedy partisans.

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