[August 8, 2007 @ 7:55 am] David Hogberg

David, one quick comment on Giuliani’s op-ed, specifically this line:

Most Republicans believe in expanding individual choice and decision-making.

Let’s see: When the GOP was in charge of the Senate and the Oval Office, it passed COBRA and EMTALA, two major expansions of government regulation into health care. When the GOP controlled both house of Congress, it passed HIPAA, another big expansion of government regulation into health care, plus a new government health insurance program, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Now, Republicans like Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley are leading the charge for a big SCHIP expansion. Finally, Republican Senator Pete Domenici is pushing for a nationwide “mental health parity” benefit mandate, one that President Bush says he will sign if it passes.

“Most” Republicans believe in believe in expanding individual choice? Heck, I’d settle for half.

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