February 10, 2010
IT WOULD WORK IF...:
Republicans and the Health Care Pow-Wow: It's an opportunity to show which party has better ideas. (Karl Rove, 2/10/10, WSJ)
This is the party's best opportunity yet to contrast its good ideas with Democratic legislation.
Those ideas are far-reaching and significant. They include allowing small businesses to band together to get the same insurance discounts big companies get, passing tort reform to eliminate junk lawsuits that drive up the price of health care, and enacting reforms that would make health insurance portable for workers. They also include allowing people to buy health insurance across state lines, giving families the same health insurance tax breaks companies get, and empowering patients by making health prices more transparent.
By contrasting those ideas with ObamaCare, Republicans can give the lie to the White House charge that the GOP is the "party of no." For example, Republicans want Americans to be able to save more money tax free for health-care expenses. Democrats would reduce the existing amount that can be saved tax free, which this year is $3,050 for individuals, and tax people for using their savings to pay for over-the-counter drugs.
...the GOP just let one congressman do all the talking (maybe Paul Ryan) and made it a straight debate against the UR instead of a chance for every blowhard in the caucus to preen. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2010 8:46 PM