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Democrats blocking GOP health plan mailing #tcot

Democrat House Health Plan, as charted by the GOP.

Democrat House Health Plan, as charted by the GOP.

Roll Call Reports that Democrats are preventing Republican House Members from sending their constituents a mailing that features the chart at right, which illustrates the complexity of the House Dems’ health care plan. Democrats claim it is inaccurate.

Roll Call says, “House Republicans are crying foul and claiming that the Democrats are using their majority to prevent GOP Members from communicating with their constituents.”

Democrats are apparently invoking some franking privilege rules that prevent members from franking mail that is partisan in nature.

Our question is, if the House bill is so huge and isn’t even finished and members haven’t read it yet, how can either side make any claims about accuracy? Our suspicion is that the answer may be somewhere in the middle, and that, yes, this is pretty accurate, but not totally.  And that Democrats really don’t want the public to know what they’re in for with the plan (which also explains the President’s rush to get it through in less than two weeks.)

When Hillarycare reared its ugly head back in the Clinton years, one of the things that killed it, in our opinion, was a very similar chart that appeared in the Wall Street Journal initially and was widely distributed.  Without discussing the rightness or wrongness of the concept, it simply laid out, in horrifying detail, the morass of government agencies that would have something to say about individuals’ health care.

So naturally, the GOP wants to use the same technique again. Bureacracy is not only scary, it’s inefficient and well, stupid.   Americans don’t respond well to stupidity, especially when their lives are in the balance.  This chart also makes the case that Obamacare is not about health care as much as it is about putting as much government around our necks as possible.  Not something we’d want to shout from the rooftops either, if it were our idea.

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