Mrs. King Dana Bash is doing her good duty again with another softball interview for a Republican Senator. This time around it's Orrin Hatch and making sure his views on how a government option for health insurance is going to mean doom and gloom for health care reform are out there unchallenged.
If Bash wanted to do her homework on the subject, I'd recommend she watch Bill Moyers Journal's segment on single payer and see what some actual journalism looks like. I'm sure in her case that's asking too much since she seems to be content repeating meaningless party lines on what should be very serious topics for CNN if they wanted to consider themselves a news organization rather than a mouth piece for the RNC or the corporate wing of either party for that matter.
What kills me with the Republicans' argument of late is how unfair they now think it is for private insurance to have to compete with a government plan. I thought no one would want that lousy socialized system forced on them?
Heaven forbid we make the system we have now, which puts profits from denying care and lining the CEO's pockets, to have to compete with one that actually has as its primary goal providing services for those that pay into it. How could we ever survive without all those insurance industry workers fighting us tooth and nail finding ways not to provide the coverage we thought we paid for so their profit margin can go up?
Orrin, I hate to break this to you, but we already have something between a patient and their doctor and it ain't the government. That would be called their insurance company.
BASH: But, even as Democratic organizers start to rally thousands of activists across the country, Republicans are firing a warning shot, calling the president's push to expand health coverage with a new government insurance option a deal-breaker.
SEN. ORRIN HATCH (R), UTAH: There are a lot of people in my party, on the Republican side, who want to work with Democrats, who want to get this done, but who are totally against public plan.
BASH: Orrin Hatch is one of nine Republicans on the powerful Senate Finance Committee who wrote the president arguing, a government-run program competing with private insurers, would -- quote -- "inevitably doom true competition."
GOP senators insist, that would jeopardize quality.
HATCH: There is no way that we can be for a public-plan option, because that will put the government between you and your doctor.
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