GOP Chairman Michael Steele wrote an article published in The Washington Post about a Seniors' Health Care Bill of Rights. The GOP is presenting it as a tenet of health care reform and the national debate.
The basic points are undeniably universal and should be supported in a bi-partisan way. Since up until now the Republicans have essentially been shut out as far as giving much input goes, it will be interesting to see if this is taken seriously either.
From the article, the points are as follow:
1. "We need to protect Medicare and not cut it in the name of "health-insurance reform."
2. "We need to prohibit government from getting between seniors and their doctors."
3. "We need to outlaw any effort to ration health care based on age."
4. "We need to prevent government from dictating the terms of end-of-life care."
5. "We need to protect our veterans by preserving Tricare and other benefit programs for military families."
Simple, right? Easy to understand, right?
If the president and the Democrats truly want to work with Republicans to get the reform that we all want passed, they will digest these very basic statements. They will allow such measures in the legislation and they will credit Republicans with common sense ideas.
Is that too much to ask?