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Thursday, November 07, 2013

by R J Shulman

WASHINGTON – (PTSD News Service) – After years of harsh criticism of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans at last have unveiled their own health care reform bill that will, in the words of House Speaker John Boehner, “finally put an end to the train wreck that is Obamacare.”   The GOP legislation, called the BBR-BDQ plan for Better Be Rich or Better Die Quick Health Care Act, removes all federal government regulations from health care.

“Why should the federal government bureaucrats be the ones to decide who lives or dies when everyone knows that these types of decisions can be made more efficiently by the private sector,” Boehner said.  “The last thing the American public needs is a patronizing government telling them that they are too stupid to buy their own health care insurance,” said Paul Ryan (R-Wis), “If someone ends up buying a completely inadequate health care plan where they pay a lot and find out it does not cover their cancer treatment, at least that will teach them to be more careful next time.  Americans do not need socialized medicine to get in the way of them learning these kinds of important life lessons.”

“Under the BBR-BDQ plan,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, “insurance companies will once again have the freedom guaranteed in the Constitution to reject the undesirables with pre-existing conditions and will also be able to have the liberty to cancel a person in the middle of catastrophic emergency care if they believe such action is a good business.”

President Obama said he may be willing to accept the Republican legislation because he was in favor of a plan where he could not be criticized for a website full of glitches or blamed when an insurance company wrote a cancellation notice to a policy holder in the middle of their costly cancer treatment because that would just be the insurance company’s prudent business decision.  


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