Hey Rush, time to pack your bags!

A few weeks ago, Conservative blowhard extraordinaire Rush Limbaugh said that if the healthcare reform bill passed, he was going to leave the USA and probably move to Costa Rica (where, incidentally, they have “socialized” medicine).

Well Rush, your one-way flight is waiting to take you and your insanity away.

Last night, Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party courageously passed the sweeping healthcare reform bill that is heading to the White House to be signed into law. Say what you want about the process and the procedures because it no longer matters. The bill legally passed for the good of the American people, and no amount of posturing, lying, Sarah Palinizing, or whining will  change this. If they want to repeal this law, the GOP needs to get itself a majority in Congress and a Conservative in the White House. Then they will need to explain why they are taking away things like the ban on pre-existing conditions, the ban on lifetime insurance caps, and why they want to re-open the “donut hole” in the Medicare Prescription Drug plan. Good luck with that.

Today officially marks the opening of the 2010 mid-term election campaign season, and it started off last night with a bang. As Representative Bart Stupak was finishing his remarks on the House floor explaining why he, as the most ardent anti-abortion member of the Democratic Party, was agreeing to vote in favor of this bill, someone from the Republican side of the House chambers shouted out “baby killer!” Wow. Just when you thought Joe Wilson owned the title of “Most Obnoxious Politician” for his “you lie” outburst during President Obama’s address a few months ago, a new source of despicable brattiness has come out from under a rock. But none of his cronies will give him up, and as of this writing his identification is still unknown. How typical of this particular brand of Republicans. They don’t even have the nerve to take ownership of their own disgusting behavior.

But I have to give Minority Leader John Boehner credit; when he says something stupid, at least he takes credit for it. Last night in his remarks, he claimed that the House “failed” because there was no bi-partisan deal. A deal is defined as an “agreement, compromise, or settlement.” You cannot have a bi-partisan “deal” when one side refuses to agree, compromise, or settle, and that is exactly what the GOP did for the last 14 months as the healthcare reform debate raged on. There was not one single vote in favor of the bill’s passage last night coming from the right side of the room. Is that how you compromise? Even when there are several components of the bill that include Republican ideas? The Republicans actively took themselves out of the development of this bill by fighting it tooth-and-nail, and by creating lies such as “death panels”, “socialized medicine”, and “government takeover.” Those are the only significant contributions their entire party made to this process, and now they will pay the price  by cementing their reputation as the “party of NO.” As in “no ideas”, “no compromise”, “no civility”, “no compassion”, and “no progress.”

But back to the business at hand. Rush Limbaugh needs to pack his things and move to Costa Rica. Here’s a packing list for him just to be sure he doesn’t leave anything behind:

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence, Eric Cantor, Karl Rove, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, The Tea Party, Glenn Beck, David Frumm, the guy who yelled “baby killer”, Roger Ailes, Michelle Bachman, John McCain, and Joe LIEberman.

Goodbye, and good riddance.

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5 Responses to “Hey Rush, time to pack your bags!”

  1. clintonmhancock Says:

    You sound quite intelligent, & write well, which is why I find it difficult to understand how you can’t see through all of this. Why do you think he is hiring 26,000 more IRS agents? It is to collect fines for those businesses & individuals who refuse to pay or can’t pay for this MANDATED coverage. Why is there NOTHING in the bill in regards to tort reform? It is because of lobbyist, special interests. Did you know that Kaiser Permanente is going to be exempt as well as several other large insurers who were lucky enough to strike eleventh hour deals? Tell me what Republican ideas were in the bill? Only one I can even recall & that is allowing interstate purchase of coverage. Do me a favor & ask all of your current doctors their thoughts on the bill, & then wonder why you can’t find a doctor who graduated from an American university. If you had 200,000 in loans to pay off, would you like being asked to charge $25 for office visits & lose money? The only way that works is if you see thousands & that is where we are headed, to a shear #’s game with providers. Sad days are coming, & don’t get me started on the constitutionality of being forced to purchase insurance.
    Clinton H

  2. votingmad Says:

    First of all, thank you for reading, and thank you for your compliments. I’ll try to address each one of your comments.

    Mandated Coverage: this seems like a bad thing on the face of it, but I think it is an excellent idea, and one that will go a long way towards lowering costs. It’s just good personal responsibility. When the uninsured get sick, they go to the ER, get treated, and then they don’t pay because they can’t afford it. Guess who winds up paying for them in the form of increased rates, and governmental diversion of funds? We do. If mandated coverage is okay for auto insurance, then it makes even more sense for health insurance–people have the option of whether or not they should drive a car, but they don’t have a similar option when it comes to healthcare. Unless of course the option is to die. It’s almost a Republican idea, when you consider that mandated coverage for health insurance is really an insurance policy for personal responsibility, and closing the loophole on skirting out on paying your fair share of healthcare. Again, nobody is arguing against mandated auto insurance because it’s a basic personal responsibility that makes sense. Would you prefer to outlaw doctors from treating people who don’t carry health insurance? That would be inhumane (besides going against the Hippocratic Oath). Plus, if you cannot afford mandated coverage, you will get a tax break to help you pay for it. This is absolutely constitutional: the Constitution allows Congress to indeed enact legislation that regulates and overrides State commerce laws. And again, there is precedent with mandated auto-insurance coverage.

    Republican Ideas in the Bill: besides interstate purchase of coverage, the GOP ideas included in the bill are the creation of small business & trade association pools of coverage, giving tax credits to small businesses who offer health insurance, and the fact that the entire bill is a private-market plan: no single payer and no universal healthcare, which was at the heart of the Democrats’ original bill; they bargained it away to try and appease the GOP, which got them nothing in return.

    I personally know over 20 MDs (including a family member) who are in favor of this reform bill. And they all went to American medical schools. I have heard the argument that doctors will be overworked with this influx of new patients, and perhaps there is some merit to that–time will tell. However, the insurance companies have done more to short change the doctors and hospitals of this country because they are the ones who set prices in the medical world–not the doctors. Now with this bill, the insurance companies will be legally required to spend 85% of their customers’ premium payments on actual care, instead of to shareholders and CEOs. This means there will be more money going towards medical services instead of being plowed into the insurance company profit margins.

    I think people get hung up on the term “healthcare reform.” It’s actually health insurance industry regulation, and i think it is way overdue. This bill is far from perfect, but it is a vast improvement over the way things are right now.

    I always welcome debate on this blog, and I sincerely thank you for your comments.

  3. clintonmhancock Says:

    I appreciate the civility, it is rare when discussing politics. At some point, we lose our cool & start with the senseless name calling, which I myself have been guilty of & it gets us nowhere. I wish I had the ability to be optimistic towards this legislation. Saying it is far from perfect is quite the understatement. The problem is both yourself & I honestly can’t say what is in the bill entirely(reminds me of our tax code). We can only surmise that the ‘just’ of it will do when deciding on whether or not we support it. Not sure if you have read my blogs, but to me it is a smokescreen for nearly unparalleled tax possibilities.
    First, the comparison to auto is far from a correct analogy, what we carry is liability, that is covering someone else, not you. Also if I choose not to drive, I don’t pay for it.
    Second it is unconstitutional, if your argument is that those who can’t pay for it get a tax break, why not just give the uninsured a tax break & give them the option of whether or not they take it? Making it mandatory is by all means against the constitution.
    The Constitution allows Congress to tax, borrow, spend, declare war, raise an army and regulate commerce, among other things.I personally do not believe the Congress has the authority to enact an individual mandate requiring a person to purchase a product from a private seller.
    This is not regulating anything.
    Third, I would like to understand how these 20 MD’s see their cost going down? Those losses they are taking now from medicare & medicaid are passed on the privately insured & uninsured, so what do you think will happen to my current policy rates? I would also like to know how you come to the conclusion that the insurance industry controls what hospitals charge? Ask your sources, I will advise you, I won’t disclose my exact position, however I will say I have direct insight on the insurance industry. If you really looked closely at the industry & didn’t believe the rhetoric, you would understand that most major insurers have profits in the 5% range, whereas major hospitals are closer to 200% being acceptable by their boards standards. So who are the whores? Also you didn’t answer my question why no tort reform? I live in Texas and in 2003 we enacted expansive tort reform, & have since seen one of the largest influx of new doctors of any state in the US, as well as the lowest rates for insurance. So why exclude it? Seems odd doesn’t it? This federal mandate would actually override this & reset the progress.
    These lawsuits cost doctors trillions each year, yet only a handful of states regulate them.
    Ok well it seems I am saying that nothing will work, & am a proponent as you call of the party of no. However why can’t we enact nationwide tort reform, why can’t we allow small businesses to pool without government mandates? Why can’t those with pre-existing conditions be evenly divided into coverage zones among major carriers to avoid any one carrier the burden of such expense? There are tons of ideas & beyond what you & I have seen, there was another way. If it was you & I, I know we could find a solution, it is just as much what is wrong with Washington as it is anything.
    I think too many people on the left think everyone on the right are gun toting war mongers who would rather pay a trillion to fund a war than pay for healthcare for it’s people, but that is really not that case. I am only for small government & therefore less power & control.
    “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have”-Gerald Ford*Address to a Joint Session of the Congress.
    August 12, 1974*
    Take Care,
    Clinton M

  4. votingmad Says:

    Civility, or lack of it, is the biggest problem we have in the political climate today. So I always try to keep it civil, although I am guilty of losing it from time to time. So like you, I appreciate your civil tone as well.

    This may surprise you, but I am totally in favor of tort reform, and regret that it is not in this bill. Many folks who read this blog think I am a Liberal, but I do wander across the aisle from time to time. My father is a conservative, and many of my friends are Conservative, and I do agree with many of their positions.

    I read your blog and see your point about the auto insurance analogy. But I still believe that people should carry some form of health insurance because it prevents them from gaming the system when they can’t pay for care. Let’s face it, even if someone hates the idea of paying for health insurance, they will not keep themselves from going to see a doctor when they get sick. I believe that we are already paying for the uninsured in this country, so something has to give.

    I don’t mean to say that the insurance companies set the prices that docs and hospitals charge, but they do decide how much actually gets paid. Every time I open my Blue Cross Blue Shield statements it shows how much the doctor charges, and how much they are allowed to charge according to their agreement with the insurance company. There is a big discrepancy between the two, and the doctor never recovers their full charge. So while the insurance companies aren’t setting the prices, they are de facto setting the reimbursement rates. I don’t have any personal visibility into the insurance industry like you may have, but doctors are getting the shaft.

    I do appreciate your civil tone in this debate. I like to bash the GOP a lot partly for comedy, but I do know that no matter what party you belong to we are all members of the human race. With the same fears, joys, pains, and basic needs. I just want a better America that works for as many people as possible. If that is Socialism, then I am guilty as charged.

    Again, thanks for reading Clinton.

  5. Linda Azif Says:

    I like your packing list!

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