In today’s open thread I said that I hoped to catch up on comments before leaving for my volunteer day with prisoners. I was not consider that I would be watching the health care summit on TV, which is exactly what I’m doing. Worst case scenario is that I’ll be back up to date before the weekend is over.
On the summit, the most notable feature is that all the Republicans have an expression like they just ate a bad clam. Obama has been quite congenial, but has called the Republicans on several of their lies. The Republican response to that has been for the speaker to evade and for the next speaker to repeat the lie. Obama has also demonstrated the ability to express knowledge in depth on the issues with no teleprompters in the room. The Republicans have offered nothing new: start over, don’t use reconciliation, health savings accounts (not a bad idea for the rich), tort reform.
One area of substantive differences has been over exchanges –vs- voluntary associations and unregulated sales against state lines. The Democratic position is that it’s up to the federal government to set minimum standards on what an insurance company must offer. The Republican position is that what should be covered should be left up to insurance companies and business owners.
Which of you trust your employer and an insurance company to determine what coverage you should have with no input from you or your elected representatives?
What are your observations on the summit?