The next time you hear a member of the GOP complaining that any health care reform will be too costly as an excuse to block any legislation, consider the hypocrisy in such a statement.
In 2003, when the Republicans controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House, they fought the Democrats to get a deficit-financed drug benefit to Medicare that cost a half a trillion dollars over ten years. That cost added to the federal debt thanks to the Bush years of no taxes or spending to make up for the benefits.
Yet the Republicans are saying now that any health care bill would be too costly. They are absolutely outraged! Or so they would have you believe.
Of course, we all know that the main goal of the GOP these days is to obstruct anything that the White House and/or the Democrats try to do, (this past Sunday Sen. Arlen Specter even admitted that this was the GOP plan all along) but thanks to another bold admission from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) we have another explanation for the blatant hypocrisy on the part of the GOP. To quote Sen. Hatch in a recent interview, the Republicans weren’t concerned about the costs back in 2003 simply because:
Six years ago, “it was standard practice not to pay for things,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. “We were concerned about it, because it certainly added to the deficit, no question.” His 2003 vote has been vindicated, Hatch said, because the prescription drug benefit “has done a lot of good.”
Not all that surprising of course, but such an admission illustrates not only shameless hypocrisy, but it also pulls back the curtain on the disconnected bubble in which Sen. Hatch and his cohorts live.
Of course, he’s certainly right. He isn’t accustomed to paying for things, least of all his health insurance and more than adequate health care. He doesn’t pay for his, but we do.
But to expect the very same thing for us everyday Americans? Well no, it’s just too costly. He and the Republicans certainly aren’t willing to justify such an expense for the rest of us!