Governor Carcieri Opposes Health Care Reform

It’s not that there’s not valid questions about how we are going to pay for a plan that will insure everyone, and it’s not that there’s not reason to be wary of the details, but Governor Carcieri’s stance is–no we can’t.

Using language that pits uninsured Americans against insured ‘taxpayers’– as if uninsured don’t pay taxes, as if any working person isn’t at risk of losing their insurance along with their job– this is not leadership, it’s division.

Using undocumented immigrants as a scare tactic is something the Governor has been doing for years. His business experience hasn’t translated into better employment for the state, and he does a lot more for big business than small business. Never mind workers. Emergency rooms across the state are feeling the strain as people come in for routine care they can’t get anywhere else. Rhode Islanders are losing jobs and health care and the Governor has no constructive solutions.

Today’s ProJo editorial supports a public option to control costs and insure people who would not be well served by private plans. A little competition won’t hurt either.

And another thing. Representatives of Lifespan were at the meeting. Rhode Island Hospital emergency room is one of the places of last resort for people who have no primary care. They have a lot to gain by reform that insures all Rhode Islanders and keeps non-emergency cases out of the emergency room. Big hospitals are compensated for the free care they give, so actually we already are paying. It’s just that we’re paying for fragmented, money-driven, ineffective care. We can keep applying duct tape to the bottom of the boat and pray it sticks, or we can face reality and fix it right.

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3 thoughts on “Governor Carcieri Opposes Health Care Reform

  1. what is it with these idiot republicans that makes them so totally loyal to party that they don’t give a damn about all other fellow americans?

  2. The taxpayers vs. non-taxpayers comments are what really get to me in this whole debate. I think that’s the biggest thing that has been drowned out in this whole debate….we are not talking about “welfare cases” vs. taxpayers. We’re talking about middle class Americans who are at risk all the time of being without health care.

  3. yes. i work in health care and there are workers who provide care to others and have no insurance themselves. the rising cost of insurance tempts employers to limit the employees they will cover to full-time, after three months or whatever.

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