Capitol Hill Update: Republicans' Alternative to Obama's Socialized Medicine

As the Senate Financial Services Committee votes today (Tuesday) on legislation which isn't even a lawful bill  --  only a set of universal health care concepts which the now-discredited Congressional Budget Office scored under 1 TRILLION dollars  --  which includes huge tax increases disguised as fees and levies, and nearly a half trillion dollars in Medicare cuts, Americans need to be reminded that the "elite" news media has had a virtual black-out on the Republican alternatives to Obamacare.  All versions of Obamacare in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are intended to lead to a single-payer system or more accurately a European-style and Canadian-style socialized medicine system.  

Left-wingers in the White House and in the Democrat-controlled Congress and their "Old Media" allies angrily attack the incredible backlash by the American people to Obamacare which has occurred during the past few months and complain that the Republicans have not offered up an alternative.  This of course is yet another lie.  Think Congressman Joe Wilson's comment, "You lie" during the president's September address desparately seeking passage of his Obamacare.  

A comprehensive health care bill has indeed been introduced by the Republicans in the U. S. House of Representatives.  The bill, "Empowering Patients First Act," (H.R. 3400,) introduced by Congressman Tom Price  --  who is a medical doctor from Georgia and is Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC)  --  is a free-enterprise commonsense alternative to the socialized medicine legislation offered by the Democrats in the House of Representatives, H.R. 3200, and to the Baucus/Obamacare bill being voted on today in the Senate committee.   

Congressman Price's legislation is yet more evidence that conservatives do have robust, bold, patient-oriented ideas on health care.  In addition, Republicans in Chairman Price's committee have introduced other health care reform legislation.  Indeed, a total of 57 RSC-Member amendments were rejected by Democrats in three committees in the House of Representatives.  

The leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, Congressman John Boehner from Ohio, tells Americans that they can go to to look at the various Republican health care reform plans that have been introduced in Congress.  Republican Leader Boehner says about the Republican bills:  "All of them are fairly consistent in terms of making our current healthcare system work better. We don't want to rely on the government. We don't want government officials getting between patients and their doctors. And we do think we need to do something about cost, which is the big issue that the American people care about."  

Congressman Boehner goes on to say about the various forms of Obamacare:  "But there is really nothing done about cost in any of the Democrat proposals that we've seen."  He adds, "No tort reform, no junk lawsuits. It's not just the tort reform, it's the defensive medicine that doctors practice as a result of this healthcare junksuit lottery that goes on today.  We could save over $100 billion a year in less medicine being practiced if in fact we were to have real reform of medical malpractice laws."  

So the question of October 2009, indeed of this Democrat-controlled 111th Congress is, will the so-called "Blue Dog" Democrats and other Democrats (up to 70 of them)  --  in districts which lean conservative or moderate (and were won by President George W. Bush once or twice and by Senator John McCain last year)  --  commit political suicide this month by voting for an even worse variation of Obamacare than the one coming out of Senator Max Baucus' Financial Services Committee this afternoon? 

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