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The republican lawmakers are no longer interested in trying to bend the curve of health care spending, which will probably exceed 20% of GDP by the year 2018; if we continued with status quo.A couple of months ago, both parties agreed that Health Care Reform was not only necessary but a vital part of our recovery. The leaderless GOP has been hijacked by the few but loud nihilists in their party; who are more interested in bringing down this president, than having a reasonable debate on the pros and cons of any Health care reform Plan. The GOP no longer has that strong moderate leader like Republican attorney Joe Welch ,who told Senator McCarthy ,”Have you no sense of decency ,sir, at long last”..That ended McCarthyism but this bunch cannot even stand up to Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh.

Last Sunday, Chris Wallace added a new “kill any health care plan” wrinkle by trying to say that a booklet that was first introduced by the Bush Administration was trying to encourage veterans to “hurry up and die.”He called it the “Death Book.” suggesting that the Obama administration is pressuring veterans to end their lives prematurely and to accuse Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth of lying about it. In fact, contrary to Wallace's false assertions, the document he referred to does not require doctors to direct veterans to what conservatives have labeled the "Death Book for Veterans."This is just another scare tactic like the “death panels” that has been debunked so many times, that even the republican lawmakers are running away from it. The Health Care Industry lobbyist’s money at work.

Now Bill O’Reilly (no mental giant)is trying to say, an individual mandate requiring almost all Americans to be insured is unconstitutional because “the federal government cannot force you to do or buy anything….No,Billo That has already been decided in Gonzales v. Raich.,that states the Constitution empowers Congress to enact broad regulatory schemes that “substantially affect interstate commerce….Read the California case Billo,your audience might benefit by a little truth telling now and then..Who am I kidding.

It’s too bad because I think a bipartisan agreement could be reached like giving doctors and hospitals fixed bulk payments rather than charging separately for each service or procedure, a compromise on eliminating defensive medicine, by agreeing on some type of tort reform, fixing the so called “doughnut hole” in Medicare Part D; where some seniors lose coverage once their drug costs reach $2,700 a year, potability, comparitve-effectiveness and coverage for pre-existing conditions. Instead all the right wants to talk about is death panels and books, the fallacy of the Canadian Health Care system, Socialism, and other irrelevant topics, rather than admitting that Health Care Reform will pass; with or without them.

“What we have in the United States is not so much a health-care system as a disease-care” system" Senator Ted Kennedy …1932-2009…R.I.P.