Kristol: The GOP vs. Big Government, Big Pharma, and Big Insurance
8:22 AM, Dec 16, 2009 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The Senate Democrats' legislation is a Medicare-cutting, tax-hiking, no-real-reform, 2,000-page monstrosity opposed by the majority of the American people.
The only winners would be Big Government, Big Pharma, and Big Insurance.
Big Government would grow in immeasurable ways and would gradually assume ever more responsibility for our health decisions.
Big Pharma gets what it wants:
And so does Big Insurance:
Republicans should say: No, No, a thousand times No.
And if the legislation passes, the GOP should immediately begin trying to repeal key parts of it. The moment it passes, Mitch McConnell might introduce free-standing legislation repealing the Medicare cuts. Republicans could highlight their opposition to Big Pharma and Big Insurance by trying to force votes--in 2010--on drug re-importation and more insurance competition, measures that could go into effect right away so as to be of immediate benefit to the American people. And of course they should promise to relieve the American people of the prospect of living under the Democrats' health bureaucracy regime by promising repeal of the whole thing in 2011.