Remember when Republicans were in favor of funding preventative measures to help reduce the cost of healthcare? If you said yes then you need to go back to re-education camp because they totally did not you liar*! Prevention is just a way for Democrats to make small business owners pay for all the birth control that Obama voters (AKA women) stuff down their slut gullets.
When you look at it that way, John Boehner's compromise to extend the Bush-era 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act makes total sense…
"Today I’m pleased to announce that on Friday the House will vote on a bill to extend the current interest rate on federal student loans for one year. We will pay for this by taking money from one of the slush funds in the president’s health care law. [...]
"Listen, the rising cost of tuition is a serious one for students. I know this issue well. It took me seven years to work my way through college, working every job I could get my hands on. And what Washington shouldn’t be doing is exploiting the challenges that young Americans face for political gain. And it shouldn’t be sticking small businesses with a health care law that’s…making it more difficult for them to hire workers."
The issue of federal student loan rates has gotten a lot of attention lately following President Obama's super cool efforts to exploit the challenges that young Americans face for political gain. Unlike President Obama, Republicans refuse to play games with America's young people. They're too busy telling them what it was like when they were young, back when you had to walk to school, in the middle of winter, without shoes, uphill, both ways… Afterwards, you had to come home and do all your chores. And after that, if the candle was still burning, you had to start a small business.
Nowadays, all young people do is sit around on the couch all day, eating cheeseburgers and smoking cigarettes. They have no idea how good they have it. For now, that is. Someday that lifestyle may result in diabetes and heart disease. I only wish there'd been a way to tell them beforehand.
* Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) took to the Senate floor and proclaimed that “one of the things we did in the health care legislation was to provide a lot of different incentives for preventive care, for screening to try to help people avoid illnesses on the theory that it would be a lot cheaper if we didn’t do a lot of treatment that was unnecessary.” [7/12/2010]
* Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said the law’s emphasis on preventive care is good “because it costs less to keep people well than to treat them when they’re sick.” [10/18/2010]
* Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “Congress should be able to work together on our practical ideas that the American people support, such as reforming our medical liability laws to discourage junk lawsuits…encouraging wellness and prevention programs that have proved to be effective in cutting costs and improving care.” [8/26/2010]
* Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA): “I am an original cosponsor of S. 1099, the “Patients’ Choice Act,” …. The legislation would make health care coverage accessible and affordable for all Americans through private insurance coverage,while also promoting prevention and wellness which can improve lives and lower long-term medical costs. [7/19/2009]
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Tags: Barack Obama, Health Care, John Boehner