Monday, June 01, 2009

Democrats Split over Health Care Reform

According to a New York Times article, 2 Democrats Spearhading Health Bill Are Split, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) are split over health care reform.

Kennedy and his supporters are putting together a plan that places emphasis on a publicly run health plan while Baucus and his supports are putting together legislation that downplays the public plan option and suggests it be used as a fall back option only.

I actually see this split as a good thing.

It gives an indication that there is not an overwhelming majority in the Democratic Party for a completely government-run public plan health care option. It shows that there are some Democrats in Congress that do not agree with President Obama that the government-run system is our best option.

Even a Republican, Charles Grassely (Iowa) is supporting the Baucus bill so it looks like there is a possibility of having an actual bipartisan bill in Congress on health care reform.

Honestly, I don't like the Kennedy plan. Consequently, I don't like Kennedy period. But I really dislike his health care plan. His plan relies way too much on a Medicare for all type plan and puts too much emphasis on the government making our health care decisions for us.

This guy trusts the government entirely too much. And that is pretty strange considering we are talking about the same government that killed his brother and covered it up.

Anyway, I guess we will see how these 2 plans play out in the Senate. Should be an interesting show.

1 comment:

  1. I think that split is a good thing too. I’m not really sure what my feelings are on health care reform other than 1) the current system is broken and 2) I don’t want the government controlling whatever replaces our current system.