Or, at least, that’s what we’re going to hear from media outlets such as ABC News, all similarly shilling for the left’s planned destruction of the greatest health care system in the world.
Remember how, a few weeks ago, I mentioned that South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint hadn’t been in the news too often, that he was all over the place during the stimulus debate but curiously silent since then? Well, if there’s a conservative alternative to the Democrats’ plans for health care reform, who better to present it than perhaps the most solid conservative on Capitol Hill?
According to Sen. DeMint’s people, the Palmetto State powerhouse will, tomorrow, unveil a GOP alternative to the programs being proposed and advocated by their counterparts across the aisle on the [far] left. The GOP program in question will reportedly assist nearly 23 million American people currently uninsured obtain health insurance at a reduced cost, and it has received a blessing from some of the most sensibly right organizations on the political scene today, including but not limited to the Media Research Center, Americans for Tax Reform and Conservatives for Patients’ Rights — the latter being the group whose advertisements, intended to run during the ABC News White House love fest, were spurned by ABC.
According to a source in his office, DeMint says that the number one rule for lawmakers with regard to reforming the American health care system should be the same as the number one rule for doctors: Do No Harm. Beyond that, the most prominent hallmarks of the GOP program seem to be patient choice and a free market approach to health care.
On the latter, part of the proposal creates a plan for a national market of sorts for health insurance. This, they say, will foster competition among private health care providers and drive down costs for all involved. On the former, individuals will have several options, including the use of health savings accounts and the ability to part ways with employer-based plans and choose instead a lump tax credit intended to help obtain their own insurance, and all options will be buttressed by vouchers of $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for families.
Regardless of how much substance Sen. DeMint provides tomorrow, the mainstream media will work overtime to paint Republicans and conservatives as being mere obstructionists. In reality, those of us on the right are indeed providing our own viable options. It’s up to conservatives, Republicans and concerned Blue Dog Democrats to look at those options, and it’s up to us to ensure that other, everyday Americans know about them just the same.