Friday, May 6, 2011

Eric Cantor: Private Sector Health Care Rationing is Okay With Him and Privatizing Medicare is Good

As the reports keep trickling in about how many Republicans in Congress are considering abandoning Paul Ryan's budget proposal -- especially the portion about doing away with Medicare as we know it -- Eric Cantor had some cover if he wanted to come forward and stand up for the best interests of the American people. Perhaps realizing this, the Washington Post reported that he did come forward say he was abandoning Ryan's plan. The tea party must have thrown a fit, however, because Cantor's spokesman came forward to say he was misquoted.
The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that Cantor, highly influential with the party’s tea party wing, planned to abandon Rep. Paul Ryan’s controversial Medicare plan, but a spokesman for Cantor said his boss was quoted out of context — and the GOP is keeping a hard line.

“Eric made very clear that our position is the Ryan budget which — as you know — assumes a debt limit increase and includes Medicare, Medicaid and $715 billion in mandatory savings,” Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring told POLITICO. “Whether the Democrats will agree to the proposals we've outlined is yet to be seen, but that is our starting point so we don't continue to kick the can down the road and make real cuts and real reforms this year.”
As if it weren't bad enough that Cantor's desperately trying to avoid being associated with folks who want to protect Medicare, he has also tried to imply that Obama's health care plan was evil because it would ration care. What made this especially unique, however, was that he also admitted that there's actually rationing of care in the private sector.
Cantor appeared to go further than Republicans have in the past by acknowledging that not all patients are certain to get optimal healthcare under a system of private insurance.

"I think that the fundamental nature of our system of third-party payer is the problem," he said. Patients, he added, too often are left with "no decision about what they want and what they can afford."
When you combine Eric Cantor's comments with Paul Ryan's plan to end Medicare as we know it while also lining the pockets of insurance companies, it becomes extremely clear that the GOP leadership is more interested in preserving corporate profits than providing the American people with the best health care possible. I don't know about you, but this is not the type of leadership I want to see in Congress.

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