Congressman Boucher (D-Abingdon) sided with every Republican on the committee (as well as four other Democrats) in an effort to kill it.
The question is WHY?
An answer comes from his website, perhaps:
I am skeptical of a government operated health care plan.* I prefer the creation of a health care cooperative, owned and operated by its members, which would compete with private, for-profit health care plans. As a non-profit, the cooperative would effectively serve as a check on the cost of health insurance generally.Is this why he voted against the Democrats' plan?
Use of a cooperative instead of a public plan would also enhance our prospects of obtaining bi-partisan support for the reform effort. On a matter of this scope and importance to all Americans, I think that every reasonable effort should be made to enlist our Republican colleagues in drafting and passing the bill.
If there's going to be a public plan, its reimbursements for health care services should not be based on Medicare reimbursement rates. [link]
Most experts find his idea of creating a government-run cooperative that would compete with private insurers to be nothing more than pie-in-the-sky. A government-financed health care cooperative is still government-run health care and when the government gets into the business of competing with private insurers, the private insurers necessarily lose. And fold. The government, after all, has a bit of an advantage in that it prints the money and has a lot of experience at operating at a loss. Which it's prepared to do until the country collapses. And when all the private insurers cease doing business, we're left with ObamaCare, with all that that implies.
So we'd be right back where we started.
But Boucher voted NO on this awful, awful bill. And God love him for it.
Now if he could just lead the fight to bring actual competition to the health care industry, which is guaranteed to drive down costs, Southwest Virginia would really benefit from his actions.
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* Boucher: "I am skeptical of a government operated health care plan." I'll make him eat those words if he turns around and votes in favor of ObamaCare when it reaches the floor.
** It should be noted that there is nothing preventing the creation of health care cooperatives now. get together with your friends and neighbors and create one, should you choose to. There is no need for the government to create the opportunity for you.
The reason that idea doesn't get off the ground, though, comes down to an issue of CASH. As always when dealing with health care. Thus the government steps in ...