Shocking news about Republicans view on national healthcare

Like Kevin Drum, I am shocked, shocked I tell ya, that Republicans don’t mean what they say:

Congressional Republicans, who once promised to “repeal and replace” President Obama‘s healthcare law, for now have all but given up pushing alternatives to the sweeping legislation the president signed in 2010.
In the last year and a half, House Republicans have sent the Senate just one 36-page bill designed to limit medical malpractice lawsuits, despite pledging to develop detailed legislation to slow rising healthcare costs, help Americans keep their health plans and broaden access to insurance.
And as the House prepares to take its 33rd vote to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act, senior Republicans say they will not try to move a replacement plan until 2013 at the earliest.

I wonder why they don’t put together real proposals?

Such scrutiny proved embarrassing for House Republicans in 2009, when they proposed a detailed alternative to the healthcare legislation that Democrats were developing at the time.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded the GOP proposal would have left more than 50 million Americans without health insurance and reduced costs for healthy people while raising them for the sick.
Similar study of the House Republicans’ 2011 budget plan indicated that a proposal to make Medicare beneficiaries shop for commercial insurance with a government voucher would leave seniors paying thousands of dollars more for their healthcare.

In other words, their proposals would be hugely unpopular. Better to leave things vague or say nothing about it. Of course, if they’re elected, this is what they’ll do.

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