How many times have you heard GOP leaders repeat ad nauseam the mantra “the American people elected us to X or Y”, or “the American people want this or that”? The correct terminology would be “Some American people…” with emphasis on “some”.
This type of honesty and absence of hyperbole would diminish the pomposity and self importance GOP elected officials want to present. (I fear this is a Republican disease today simply because Republicans are in the majority and in truth, Democrat leaders might fall under the same spell if roles were reversed.)
No better example of the misleading nature of “Americans expect” is the current healthcare debate. Republican Congressional leaders are moaning about those Republican Congress members who are threatening to vote against the American Health Care Act (the replace plan for Obamacare). “Americans expect us to pass this bill” leaders cry while all sorts of non-partisan studies point out that the replacement bill will maintain some popular Obamacare benefits but at the end of the day provide less coverage and insure fewer people. No more appropriate subject does “some Americans” apply than here. “Most Americans” are not impacted as a benefit recipient by Obamacare
For some Republican Congress members, the AHCA does go far enough in rolling back entitlements and for others, it goes too far. Hmmm, I wonder what Americans really want?
Senator Rand Paul elaborated today on his proposal which could gradually eliminate Medicare expansion and streamline the individual market. Paul has proposed creating a pool of all uninsured and the allowing the “free market” to drive down price through competition amongst insurers. As lower policy prices emerged, government supports would decrease until they disappeared. Hmmm.
Paul deserves credit for proposing a clever way out of the box Republicans have created for themselves. His proposal, of course, has it own set of pitfalls, the most obvious of which is whether “for profit” insurance companies will want to offer policies at prices the pool will demand and people can afford. None the less, Paul proposal deserves a careful review.
The irony of the current healthcare repeal and replace drama is that greedy Republicans are far more interested in diving into “tax reform”. We will hear again that “Americans expect us to lower taxes” when in fact “some Americans”, like the top 1 or 2% wealthiest Americans will alone reap huge benefits. Most American will see little impact and no benefit. More insidious will be the knock on effects of such a large tax cut. Where will the Government get revenues to pay its expenses? Think there will be more cut in government services?
The Republican tax reform odyssey will make “searching for a free lunch” dinner time conversation.