“I am beginning to believe that the Republican party should get an A for Dumb.”
The Republican establishment is not dumb. The Republican establishment is a tool of Wall Street and the multinational corporations. Big business wants to stop providing health care benefits for employees. It supports the strategy of moving to single payer health care fully funded by the government. The elimination of health care premiums for employees will increase profits dramatically.
The Republican Party establishment gives lip service to its voting base through anti-Obamacare rhetoric. However, as the recent government shutdown charade demonstrated, the party bosses have no desire to actually fight against government paid healthcare. They serve their Wall Street masters who actually fund the party coffers. Don’t expect any change if they capture the Senate in 2014 and White House in 2016.
Sorry, I beg to disagree with part of your screed: GOOD that biz is trying to get away from the healthcare debacle they’ve gotten themselves into (all because of gov’t meddling, as usual). They should cast off that mill stone from their necks at the earliest.
The GOP has been stupid (I’ll say compliant) in allowing the perversion of healthcare. They’ve never fought, if at all, in restoring the power to the USER instead of the middle-man; let alone mandating ‘basics’ in each plan (I know *I* don’t need drug abuse, phych or contraceptives...WHY am I paying for these??)
Though, I see this biting biz in the ass as the point of benefits were a relaxing of the pay-scale (income). If biz is no longer paying the employee ‘portion’, does the employee get that ‘raise’??
You are correct - large corporate entities desire the German model, where healthcare is not a corporate cost at all.