Bachmann previews health care principles

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hours before President Obama delivers his first State of the Union address Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann is to deliver a major policy address on health care, at which the congressional face of the Tea Party Right will officially unveil her “Declaration of Health Care Independence.”

The plan largely consists of points of principle, rather than specific proposals. Those include having negotiations in public, not adding a dollar to the deficit, excluding illegal immigrants and including strict restrictions on the federal funding of abortion.

Bachmann gave a preview of the plan Monday to reporters in St. Paul, though she’s expected to go into much greater detail Wednesday. When listing specifics of what she’d do to affirmatively change the system, Bachmann hearkened back to a bill she’s already introduced that she said would allow people to buy health insurance across state lines and make every health care dollar an individual spends tax-deductible — with no limit.

Bachmann’s office declined to release an advance copy of her Declaration of Health Care Independence, though Politico said has obtained a copy that can be found here. (Update: Bachmann’s office has confirmed to MinnPost that the document obtained by POLITICO is accurate.) The Uptake has video of Bachmann’s press conference, which can be viewed in full here.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by dan buechler on 01/26/2010 - 01:50 pm.

    Orwell was right on.

  2. Submitted by Michael Zalar on 01/27/2010 - 01:23 pm.

    Took a look – apparently she is for legislation limiting the expensive beauracracy at Insurance Companies, and open insurance market (such as the exchange system) allowing people to select thier insurance, and limiting HMOs approved physicians so that a patient can go to any doctor they want.
    At leat thats what I took away from her message.

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 01/27/2010 - 05:25 pm.

    I must be crazy. For a brief moment I thought she might actually bring something to the table other than Tea Party jingoism.

    Just a few points at this juncture:

    1. There is no “Principle of Limited Government” in the U.S. Consitution. It establishes three branches of government, lays out very broad areas of government powers, details certain rights and reserves all powers not given the federal government to the states. Short of violating an express limitation on federal powers (e.g., by infringing on one of the rights contained in the 1st Amendment) Congress has extremely broad powers, particularly in areas affecting interstate commerce (which includes medical care insurance and costs in today’s economy).

    2. We already have a federal guarantee of equal protection. It prohibits government from treating similarly situated person differently, subject to varying levels of review. How it’s implicated here is beyond my apparently limited imagination.

    Health care reform is not rocket science, folks. If you take single-payer off the table then this country will only see universally available health care (much less quality health care) by mandating that all who can afford it carry health insurance and paying for insurance for those who don’t. Period. History and economics are all we need to consider to know that’s true. Capitalism, for all of its many advantages and desirable characteristics, simply does not provide for the elderly, the infirm, and those inevitably unable to find adequate employment in such a system, not to mention children whose parents fall into one of these groups.

    Our present health care circumstances (they can’t by any means be called a system) are a disaster on almost every count, especically financially and in terms of outcomes. That’s not a status quo worthy of preservation, in my book.

    The key features in any plan must be:

    1. universality

    2.portability

    removal of liftime caps (or government coverage where private insurance leaves off)

    elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions and limitations.

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