Thursday, February 25, 2010

Repubs shut out of health care reform debate? I think not...

Anyone who doubts that Repub ideas have been included in Pres. Obama's health care reform proposal -- check this out:

It’s clear that the American people want health insurance reform. They aren’t interested in Democratic ideas or Republican ideas. They’re interested in the best ideas to reduce costs, guarantee choices and ensure the highest quality care.

They’re interested in ideas that will put them back in control of their own health care.

Throughout the debate on health insurance reform, Republican concepts and proposals have been included in legislation. In fact, hundreds of Republican amendments were adopted during the committee mark-up process. As a result, both the Senate and the House passed key Republican proposals that are incorporated into the President’s Proposal.

Here is one that I especially like:

Community Mental Health Centers. The President’s Proposal ensures that individuals have access to comprehensive mental health services in the community setting, but strengthens standards for facilities that seek reimbursement as community mental health centers by ensuring these facilities are not taking advantage of Medicare patients or the taxpayers. (Source: H.R. 3970, “Medical Rights & Reform Act”)

I just read Sen. Enzi's ten-point plan for reforming health care. I even went to the extended version incorporated into a Senate bill. I now have a headache. I can't find anything about "comprehensive mental health services in the community setting." Very important issue in rural Wyoming with its shortage of mental health professionals for children and teens -- and shockingly low Medicare reimbursement rates.

Nothing for my headache but to turn on CSPAN-3 and listen to today's health care summit at the Blair House in D.C.

Lamar Alexander speaking. Now I have a whopper of a headache.

Next up: Know Nothing Republican Physician Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. When Coburn refers to government, he says "gubmint."

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