“I hereby pledge to the people of my state to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government.” -- Candice Miller (R-MI)
Really, Candy? Just how stupid do you think we are in Michigan and elsewhere? When President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 into law, just how did the federal government take over health care? How is handing private insurance companies over 30 million new customers a government takeover? How is putting my federal tax dollars into the pockets of for-profit private health insurance company executives and Wall Street stock owners a frigging federal takeover of health care? How is guaranteeing that Americans will not have to worry about being unable to buy insurance from an insurance company because of pre-existing conditions a federal government takeover of health care? How is guaranteeing that no one will lose their insurance when they get sick a federal government takeover of health care?
There was no and will not be any takeover of health care. That seems to be why it was so easy for Mrs. Miller to sign the ultra-conservative Club for Growth pledge. The damn thing is meaningless. Mrs. Miller knows how to vote "No" with her party and knows full well that the Republican talking points used in the year long health insurance reform fight were utter bullshit. I would also hope that she is smart enough to figure out that the rest of us are smart enough to figure out that she is just pandering to teabaggers and conservative Republicans. Got that scary fundraising letter ready, yet?
BTW -- Doesn't it seem idiotic that we have just now given more than 30 million new customers to insurance companies that make money by NOT providing health care to its customers? I resent that fact that the tax monies I am sending to Washington, D.C. to help bring health care to the poor will be funneled to for-profit businesses. In my book, no one should financially profit from an act of Christian charity. No one. What's next? For-profit soup kitchens, food banks, and thrift stores?
Someday, when we have a single-payer health care system when no one profits from "health insurance" --- that will be a freaking federal takeover.