Carly Fiorina gave the GOP address this week, claiming that the task force which recently came up with recommendations about breast cancer screenings is a sign of things to come if health care reform is passed. She complains that the task force didn’t include an oncologist, a radiologist, or other cancer experts. What was Obama thinking?!
The only problem? This task force was set up last year under Bush, not by Obama! Of course she doesn’t mention this minor detail, can’t let the facts get in the way.
She goes on to peddle the whole scare tactic about government bureaucrats deciding who lives and who dies. Isn’t she aware that health insurance company bureaucrats do exactly this every day?
Doesn’t she realize that since breast cancer is a serious pre-existing condition, there is no way she’d be able to get individual coverage under today’s system if she had to change insurance providers today?
Of course, she doesn’t have to worry too much about health insurance because she is a multi-millionaire, but most people aren’t.
The new reform bill is far from perfect, but the perfect should not be the enemy of the better. The fact that it will prevent insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions is reason enough to support it.
In 10 years when people look back on this, the GOP’s war on healthcare reform will look just as ridiculous as their war on Medicare in the 60s when they used all the same rhetoric about “socialized medicine”.
I’ll end with a quote, let me know if it sounds familiar:
“If you don’t stop Medicare and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free” – Ronald Regan, 1961.