Want re­form? Throw all the ras­cals out

The Covington News - - Opinion - Pa­trick Du­rusau Pa­trick Du­rusau is a Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent. His col­umns run Fri­days.

Health care re­form or rather an al­leged re­peal of health care re­form is in the news.

Rather than all the “prin­ci­pled” rhetoric on re­peal­ing health care re­form, why don’t the Repub­li­cans ad­mit that they want to help in­surance com­pa­nies, doc­tors and hos­pi­tals make money at the ex­pense of ev­ery­one else?

And on the other side, why don’t the Democrats ad­mit that they want to help in­surance com­pa­nies, doc­tors and hos­pi­tals make money at the ex­pense of ev­ery­one else?

Wait, that didn’t come out right. How did the Repub­li­cans and Democrats come out to be on the same side?

Take a les­son from the pages of his­tory. Re­mem­ber the de­bates over Medi­care and Med­i­caid, the same ar­gu­ments about “so­cial­ized” medicine?

Fast for­ward sev­eral decades, and Medi­care is a sa­cred cow and Med­i­caid is nearly so. No more talk about “so­cial­ized” medicine for those pro­grams.

The med­i­cal pro­fes­sion and sec­ondary in­surance prod­ucts de­pend on Medi­care to make money.

Repub­li­cans will make de­lib­er­ately in­ef­fec­tual at­tempts to re­peal health care re­form, know­ing that

Pres­i­dent Obama will veto it, should some mishap oc­cur and they suc­ceed at re­peal.

The rest of us, the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion, doc­tors and hos­pi­tals, could re­ally ben­e­fit from gen­uine health care re­form. We need re­form that fo­cuses on the qual­ity of care that 99 per­cent of all health care pro­fes­sion­als want to pro­vide and pa­tients want to get.

Be­fore we can have med­i­cal care re­form or any other sort of re­form, we need to oust ev­ery elected of­fi­cial in Washington, start­ing with the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Want re­form? Vote to de­feat ev­ery in­cum­bent of any party in the next elec­tion. Start with a clean slate, no lob­by­ists with prior re­la­tion­ships, no cur­rent con­gres­sional staffers, etc.

They will make mis­takes, but at least they will be hon­est ones.

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