Remember earlier this year how the GOP was absolutely sure that President Obama's budget would lead America to utter ruin? Remember the GOP's alternative budget proposal that would supposedly prevent everlasting economic doom? It had no numbers! Imagine that — a budget proposal with no numbers!
Well, the Republicans certainly have learned their lesson, haven't they? This time, in order to give America an alternative to the socialist/nazi/communist/maoist Obamacare health reform proposal, they included numbers! Good for them!
And here's a quick summary of the 'key elements' of the GOP plan:
• Lowering health care premiums. The GOP plan will lower health care premiums for American families and small businesses, addressing Americans’ number-one priority for health care reform.
• Establishing Universal Access Programs to guarantee access to affordable health care for those with pre-existing conditions. The GOP plan creates Universal Access Programs that expand and reform high-risk pools and reinsurance programs to guarantee that all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses, have access to affordable care – while lowering costs for all Americans.
• Ending junk lawsuits. The GOP plan would help end costly junk lawsuits and curb defensive medicine by enacting medical liability reforms modeled after the successful state laws of California and Texas.
• Preventing insurers from unjustly cancelling a policy. The GOP plan prohibits an insurer from cancelling a policy unless a person commits fraud or conceals material facts about a health condition.
• Encouraging Small Business Health Plans. The GOP plan gives small businesses the power to pool together and offer health care at lower prices, just as corporations and labor unions do.
• Encouraging innovative state programs. The GOP plan rewards innovation by providing incentive payments to states that reduce premiums and the number of uninsured.
• Allowing Americans to buy insurance across state lines. The GOP plan allows Americans to shop for coverage from coast to coast by allowing Americans living in one state to purchase insurance in another.
• Promoting healthier lifestyles. The GOP plan promotes prevention & wellness by giving employers greater flexibility to financially reward employees who adopt healthier lifestyles.
• Enhancing Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). The GOP plan creates new incentives to save for current and future health care needs by allowing qualified participants to use HSA funds to pay premiums for high deductible health insurance.
• Allowing dependents to remain on their parents’ insurance through age 25.
The GOP claims that under their plans there will be NO job losses, but that the Democrats' plan would cost up to 5.5 million jobs.
They also claim that while the Democrats would cut $500 billion from Medicare, the GOP plan would cut not one penny. (waitaminnit — don't they always complain about Medicare waste, abuse, and fraud?)
AND the GOP says that the Democratic plan would result in $729.5 billion more in taxes, whereas their own plan would not increase taxes at all.
Hey, if we look at what the GOP says their plan will do, hey that sounds really, really, really good, doesn't it? Not only that, but look at what the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said about the Democratic plan a few months ago — that it would save little if any money. One would have to ask why we should give any consideration whatsoever to the Democrats?
Well, remember that nasty old non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that was slamming the Obamacare plan this past summer? It seems that according to their analysis, the current Democratic health care plan being pushed by Speaker Pelosi would extend coverage to 29 million presently uninsured Americans, AND would reduce the deficit by $81 billion over the next decade!
And what are the CBO's conclusions about the GOP plan?
"By 2019, CBO and JCT estimate, the number of nonelderly people without health insurance would be reduced by about 3 million relative to current law, leaving about 52 million nonelderly residents uninsured. The share of legal nonelderly residents with insurance coverage in 2019 would be about 83 percent, roughly in line with the current share. CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the amendment’s insurance coverage provisions would increase deficits by $8 billion over the 2010–2019 period".
Except for the boldface, that's a direct quote from the CBO analysis.
But you have to admit that the Republicans are learning, because this time they at least put numbers in their proposal!