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Health-Care Not Republicans Strong-Suit–Even With A Favorable Supreme Court Ruling

June 13, 2012

Some reporters are hearing the Supreme Court ruling on health care might come tomorrow.  It will be a dramatic ruling, regardless of the outcome, as so much political calculations are built into the decision.

As Republicans lick their chops for a chance to make political points if the decision should go against the White House, comes sobering news that makes every family who sits around the dinner table aware that health care remains a significant issue facing the nation.

Spending on hospital visits, medications and other health care rose an estimated 3.9 percent in 2011 and consumed about 17.9 percent of GDP, the same as the previous two years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said yesterday. The increases in such expenditures will continue to outpace economic growth projections, jumping 7.4 percent in 2014.

The facts are hard to digest, as the numbers are so staggering.

But Republicans are in need of some answers since the court ruling in and of itself, should it go in favor of conservatives, is not going to address the national concerns.

The GOP has no game plan or alternate ideas to replace the healthcare law.  Republicans have not stated how they would handle policies that are already in place, nor have they addressed the very popular discounts on prescription drugs for senior citizens.   How about letting young people stay on their parents’ plans through age 26?  What about people with pre-existing conditions?

There will need to be some serious discussions about health care if the law passed by congress is ruled unconstitutional.

But as we have seen too often when it comes to the GOP and health care it is always easier to apply a political response and kick the can down the road.

I argue that is not good politics, and it certainly is not proper policy-making.

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