The Republican Party insists that it has been shut out of the health care reform process by the Obama administration. This is clearly not the case. It’s all spelled out clearly and distinctly, on the web. It is because of this brand new transparency, brought to all of us via the White House's website, that we can examine just what the Republicans have brought to the table as we discuss the urgently crucial need for health care reform.
In my opinion, the Republicans’ concerns which have been contributed to this health care reform bill have more to do with policing the costs and expenditures of Medicare and Medicaid than reforming the insurance companies, which brought us to this health care cost crisis in the first place.
At this point, the battle for health care reform rages on in front of the television cameras, allowing all of us to see what solutions are being presented and by whom. The American people are watching, for the most part in utter disbelief, as this power struggle between the two parties, the Democrats in power, and the Republicans who want the power back, unfolds.
Let’s look at the website now and see what the Republicans have brought to the plan; they have clearly been invited to sit down.
The President’s final proposal blends both House and Senate bills:
* Personal responsibility incentives: health insurance premiums will vary, based on participation in employer wellness programs. these are employer based (Sources: H.R. 3468, (Castle Bill); H.R. 4038,(Republican Substitute bill); H.R. 3970,(Kirk bill),"Coverage, Prevention and Reform Act")
* Advances medical liability reform through grants to states: Jump-start and evaluate medical liability reform to put patient safety first, prevent medical errors, and reduce liability premiums. (Sources: S. 1783, (Enzi bill); H.R. 3400, (Republican Study Committee bill); H.R. 4529, (Ryan bill); S. 1099, (Burr-Coburn, Ryan-Nunes bill)