Republicans Clearly Don’t Have Any New Ideas

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant thinks Mitt Romney's losing talking point on healthcare is an evergreen winner:

There is no one who doesn't have health care in America. No one. Now, they may end up going to the emergency room. There are better ways to deal with people that need health care than this massive new program.

The line failed miserably when Romney used it, and if Republicans want to keep recycling healthcare lines from losers, and gun control lines from Alex Jones and Archie Bunker, please proceed. It's going great!

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Well, he is right about one thing:

    There are better ways to deal with people that need health care than this massive new program.

    That’s true; there are better ways, such as an even more massive new program to insure everyone’s basic and emergency medical needs/risks directly through a single public insurer.

    But Republicans keep saying this; “Let’s repeal Obamacare and replace it with a better way to get everyone covered,” without ever saying or even suggesting what that might be. As I’ve written extensively and repeatedly in the past, there is no solution to the uninsured/free-rider problem that is to the right of the ACA whose goal is to get everyone covered. The only alternatives to the ACA are (1) some form of social/public insurance, which is to the left of it, or (2) keeping the uninsured out of the system altogether by, inter alia, making it illegal to call 911 or go to the ER if you’re uninsured (under theft-of-services statutes), making it a crime for a provider to treat anyone who the provider reasonably believes is uninsured and can’t pay, and limiting liability for negative medical outcomes caused by delays and errors in ascertaining insurance and assets.

  • Nefercat

    This was one of the most irritating things from the campaign, listening to inexcusably ignorant clowns like Romney claiming that ERs have to treat people for free. The truth is ERs have to treat people period. Full stop. They do not have to do it for free and they do not do it for free. Patients can be hounded mercilessly by collection agencies (getting their piece of the health care dollars pie) into bankruptcy and ruined credit and if they can’t pay everyone else ends up paying.

    This is such an unforgivably stupid and inefficient way to run a 21st century health care system for over 300 million people. Fuck off, Bryant, you cretinous dolt.

  • SlapFat

    So what’s Gov. Bryant want as a solution? Tort reform? The Republican party has run out of ideas. For decades now.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Tax cuts for the wealthy, of course!

  • zirgar

    I get so tired of this lame-ass argument. It’s not the quality of or access to healthcare that’s the problem, you fucking morons. It’s the cost, or how to pay for it without having to ruin your life in the process. Which is why it’s called the AFFORDABLE CARE Act, you ignorant dipshits.