I have a question..why is it acceptable to come out and blast an idea of another in congress without being required to offer a plan of your own? As a matter of fact, I have heard that 'it isn't the job of the minority party to present legislation'. Now, members of congress can rip and tear legislation apart and publicly state how bad it would be for the country if something was passed, but, they don't have to provide any alternatives. Is this as insane as it sounds or am I missing something?
The latest example has been the debate over health care. Several plans have been drafted and President Obama has detailed costs and how he plans for it to pay for it. He has laid it all out. Republicans have been a united front against whatever the President is proposing..citing outrageous costs, that it is socialized medicine etc.. I don't see any problem having a debate regarding those issues (although I do believe they are often misrepresenting what Obama's plan is) but nevertheless, they are presenting reasons that Obama's plan WON'T work. O.K. then(I ask Republicans), what is YOUR plan? If you're in business and you're deciding between two business plans..you're not going to take one over the other because the one simply points out any perceived flaws in the other. You choose one because it is the best idea and has the most research backing their idea.
It has been agreed by everyone..Democrats, Republicans, the A.M.A., businesses small and large, and almost all American people that SOMETHING must be done about the health insurance system. So Republicans, if Obama's plan is horrible, what is yours? The Republicans had the stage the other day to present their plan and (just like with their budget) came with some patchwork 4 page document that didn't address ANY of the items they ripped Obama's plan for. There is a lot within this health care mess that is far beyond me, but, if I was choosing which plan America is going with (thank goodness I am not), I would want to hear BOTH sides each with the same detail, both addressing the SAME issues, put each under the SAME scrutiny, and project forward taking into account the plusses and minuses of BOTH. If one thinks that the other is going to cost way too much money..well, how much will yours cost? If one thinks that people will be left uninsured..well, how does your plan address that issue. Being able to simply say, "no" and provide nothing in response doesn't accomplish anything of substance and it definitely doesn't serve the interests of the American people.