McConnell: A Hypocrite, An Idiot, and A Liar

According to the Politico, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has sent a letter to Barack Obama about health care. The letter made it clear that he would stand in the way of any attempt to provide individuals with a choice of a government-run or a for-profit, company-run health insurance plan. He claims that if there was a government-run insurance option, it would be much better than every plan from a for-profit company. As a result, so many people would freely choose the government plan there would be no for-profit health insurance companies left.

Mitch McConnell is a member of Congress and as a result receives an amazing government-run health care plan. Mitch McConnell does not want the American people to be able to buy the plan he gives himself. This is the height of hypocrisy. If Mitch McConnell is so concerned about for-profit health insurance companies not being able to attract customers, he should refuse his government-run plan and purchase one on the open market.

Sen. McConnell is an idiot and a liar because he is trying to make two completely contradictory arguments at the same time. It is the belief of the Republican party that we should not have single payer health care (like Canada, France, UK, etc...) because it would result in low quality, long lines, and rationing. Yet at the same time, he is claiming that we must not allow people to freely choose to buy a government-run insurance plan. The reason is that too many people would choose the government-run plan over a for-profit company plan. If government-run health care is so bad, why worry it would out compete for-profit companies?

McConnell claims creating a government option would “take health care decisions out of doctors' and patients' hands and place them in the hands of another Washington bureaucracy.” This is a lie. Already health care decisions are not made between doctors and patients; they are made by insurance underwriters who choose what procedures are and are not covered. The government-run option would be a real choice. I would get to choose if I want a government agency or a for-profit company to make decisions about procedures that should be covered. If for-profit companies are truly better at delivering care, they will have nothing to worry about.

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