Boehner on the ACA, or why I don’t trust Republicans to have actual solutions.

Mitch McConnell and John Boehner appeared on 60 minutes a couple of days ago and the interviewer asked them, since they are opposed to the ACA, what their alterative to fixing healthcare is.

You can watch the interaction here:

Let’s look at Boehner’s response.

Providing more access we could have done without taking control of the entire healthcare system.

OK, first off the ACA did not, by any reasonable standard, take control of the entire system. The government doesn’t own the hospitals, or the insurance companies, it regulated them more than it did before, but it isn’t as if there was no government regulation prior to the ACA.

When you look at Obamacare, it’s a perfect example of what Washington does. It’s a one size fits all approach for the whole country all driven by Washington bureaucrats.

The ACA doesn’t offer one plan for everyone, as I understand it they offer three major plan options through the exchanges, so it isn’t exactly one size fits all. Further, even without government involvement, insurance companies are already more concerned about overall trends than individual needs, so the ACA doesn’t really change much in this regard.

I’ll bet they’ve hired tens of thousands of people between the IRS and over at Health and Human Services just to run this. All of the decisions, all of the rules decided by Washington.

He bets? John Boehner is speaker of the house, third in line to be president. Further, he has spent the majority of the last four years criticizing the ACA, and one of his major criticisms of it is that it expands bureaucracy. So how is it that he doesn’t have any figures on this? He should have figures like this memorized, but could have at least found out before an interview where the subject was likely to come up.

We have a wide, diverse country, and I just think it’s time for us to look at this differently. For those who don’t have access to affordable health insurance.

A meaningless stream of buzz words meant to sound nice without actually saying anything of substance. In other words the way politicians speak most of the time.

Helping those at the bottom I think we’re all for it

Since Boehner is a major player in a political party in which many have spent the last few years suggesting that people at the bottom are only there because they are lazy moochers, it’s hard to take this claim seriously.

but we don’t need Washington to ruin the greatest health delivery system that the world has ever known.

Wait…If it’s the greatest delivery system ever then why didn’t he simply say we don’t need any changes at all? The ACA was introduced because said system was not delivering very well to millions of people. Further, by many of the metrics that we measure human health the U.S. is far from the best. For instance, We currently rate 36 in life expectancy. It also seems that the implication of this argument is that the only thing the government can ever do is make things worse.

Taken in it’s entirety the statement he made was largely vacuous, he spends the entire time attacking the ACA, but offers little in the way of facts to back up his attacks, and he offers no republican solution to healthcare, or, you know, the question he was actually asked.

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