Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Baucus Tells Health Insurers to Shut Up

"We cannot allow government officials to target individuals or companies because they do not like what they have to say," McConnell said. "Is this what we believe as a Senate -- that this body should debate a trillion-dollar health care bill that affects every American while using the powerful arm of government to shut down speech?"
more by Mitch McConnell - 13 hours ago - Huffington Post


Anonymous said...

Asking as a Brit.: honestly, is there any real debate about the need to widen healthcare in the US?

Looking from these shores where we have a universal Health Service paid for by taxation and small top-ups - well, is there any real debate in the US?

Teddy Douglas said...

There is a huge debate about what should be done and how.

America traditionally believes in free enterprise, market economy, individual responsibility, etc.

Now there is this movement towards a "big government takeover" of an industry that is now a hybrid mix of public and private payers.

Most people here believe it would be great if everyone could get quality, affordable healthcare. However, there are lots of people who don't want to be forced to pay for other people's healthcare, there are many who don't want to be forced to pay for healthcare they aren't using, and there are many distrustful of how government will handle the increased rights and responsibilities it would get under an reformed and expanded healthcare role.