By "Pintface" Pete Bogs/BogsBlog
Last week’s bipartisan health care summit yielded little, though this probably surprises no one. Republicants clearly did not want to be there, but showed up so as not to let Obama paint them as unconcerned about an issue which does concern most Americans.
During opening statements, GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander said, "(Republicants) believe we have a better idea (than Democrats are offering)," but what emerged from the right side of the table were some of the same tired approaches they’ve used in the past. Among the aspects of their plan were medical malpractice reform (aka tort reform) and expanding health savings accounts.
The first of these helps doctors; the second helps businesses. So where is the benefit for the average person? These are recycled consternative ideas that do not benefit people directly. "Pass the savings on to consumers," i.e., trickle down dressed up for health care. No thanks!