The following letter is from Lamar Alexander in response to a question from "John" about what Senate Republicans are planning to do about repealing Obamacare. In case you were wondering....they have no plans to repeal Obamacare. They are just going to tweak it....My deconstruction of this form letter nonsense is in parenthesis...Repealing Obamacare is not even on the radar...
Thanks very much for getting in touch with me and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding health care reform. (Hahahaha...silly peasants, I have to make them think I care....)
The President’s health care law is an historic mistake. It costs too much, it taxes too much, and it doesn’t do enough to address the underlying problems of our health care systems. (Oh how you guys love to tear down and lay blame on the other side. Too bad you never try that hard to actually defeat the others side and their politics when you have the chance) It was wrong of the Democrats to pass that bill, I voted against it, and I have voted to repeal it over 23 times on the Senate floor. (Funny, all I seem to remember is that you voted to fund it...kind of defeats your empty words huh?)
At the White House health care summit in 2010, I warned the President that his health care bill would raise individual premiums, but he insisted, “that’s just not the case.” Today, health insurance premiums are continuing to rise for working families in Tennessee and across America in part because of mandates in the new law. (So tell me again why you voted to fund it?)
Republicans also said the bill would raise taxes.(Republicans say a lot of things most of which amount to hill of beans of which none will work to defeat progressive policies...in the next election....or the next one...or most definitely the next one...in which case you won't be a party, like the Whigs...remember them? Yes, keep telling on telling us how it will be the next time when you have some power to fix things) In fact, it does, by over one trillion dollars. We said it would cut Medicare, and it has: 11 million Medicare Advantage recipients, or about one-fourth of everyone who has Medicare, are seeing, or will see, their benefits reduced to pay for a new entitlement. (A new entitlement...hmmmm kind of the like that whole new entitlement the Republicans created called Medicare Part D? ) We said people would lose their choice of doctors, and many have. We said Obamacare would cancel policies, and it has. At least 2.6 million Americans have had their individual plans outlawed by Obamacare. (And yet you voted to fund it anyway...)
The president promised that people would be able to keep their plans, but that turned out to be an empty promise as at least 4.7 million people were told that they would lose their plans in 2014. The president promised that his law would reduce the deficit, but instead it is on track to increase deficits by at least $340 billion.(How much did the republicans increase the deficit when they were in charge? Last time I checked, this Republican Party is not exactly known for their fiscally sound principles...) Instead of boosting the economy and helping to create jobs, the law’s taxes and mandates have deterred businesses from expanding or hiring new employees—further hindering our economic recovery.
Of course, in this 3,000-page law there are good provisions, such as insurance reforms: some individuals with pre-existing health conditions will have more affordable insurance options; insurance companies are not able to deny insurance to people who are sick; and your child can stay on your policy up to the age of 26. These reforms were also in health care proposals put forth by Republicans.(You know, if you guys would just practice what you preach, government wouldn't be involved AT ALL in the health care industry which is the main reason healthcare costs have skyrocketed even before the ACA)
Moving forward, Republicans would like to turn our health care system and head it in the right direction. (Ummm unless you are talking about getting government out of the health care business, I don't think Republicans are heading in the right direction) We want to repair the damage that Obamacare has done and prevent future damage. As responsibly and rapidly as we can, we’d like to move in a different direction to increase freedom, increase choices and lower costs. We trust Americans to make these decisions ourselves. We believe that is the American way. (You guys don't trust average Americans to make any decisions which is why you guys spent millions of dollars to make sure you kept your geriatric politicians in places of power instead of average Americans who would actually fight for everything you just mentioned of which not a word of it do I believe you meant)
Here are some of the policies that Republicans want to pass:
• Allow families who liked their health care plans to purchase them once again, including catastrophic plans; (I love how the government will ALLOW families to purchase plans....do you not see the irony here of telling Americans what we might be ALLOWED to purchase?)
• Strengthen health savings accounts (HSAs) to help more Americans use them to pay for their health care needs; (If government was not involved in Health Care we wouldn't needs HSA's because healthcare would be affordable)
• Encourage states to reform their medical malpractice laws to end junk lawsuits and curb defensive medicine, which has doctors avoiding high-risk patients or ordering additional, sometimes unnecessary, tests out of fear of lawsuit; (why didn't you guys take this on earlier when you had the majority and the presidency? Don't answer that..it was a rhetorical question)
• Allow individuals to buy insurance policies for sale in other states; and (Another something you guys could have done earlier but had no desire to)
• Free employers to incentivize healthier lifestyle choices by allowing them to offer financial rewards to employees who reach their health goals. (FREE EMPLOYERS to incentivize healthier lifestyle choices???Do they not have the freedom to do this already or will the government give these employers money which will come from taxpayers?)
I appreciate your taking the time to let me know where you stand on this important issue. I will be sure to keep your comments in mind as health care reform is discussed and debated in Washington and in Tennessee.( Lamar will be sure to keep your comments in mind as he lives it up in Washington D.C attending all the most important social functions far removed from the lifestyle of the average American. Awwww, he appreciates your taking the time to let him know where you stand on this important issue...now move along ....Lamar has things to do, lobbyists who will bribe, and places to go wine and dine...on your taxpayer dime)
Sincerely, (Probably didn't even read this letter from a citizen, he's got staffers who make 120,000 per year to do that and THEY sincerely appreciate your letter which guarantees them a nice job)