Mar 07, 2011 | By David Golemboski
Republicans have offered far more political rhetoric than actual policy proposals over the past two years. They have appeared to spend more energy opposing President Obama than suggesting solutions to our country’s challenges. Since Republicans have taken control of the House, however, they have put forward more concrete ideas. Chief among them is the “Roadmap for America’s Future,” advanced by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The Roadmap is indeed a concrete proposal, though it is far from a good idea.
The Roadmap for America’s Future includes all kinds of problematic economic policy ideas, but the healthcare provisions are especially frightening. The Roadmap would shift the burden of healthcare costs onto the most vulnerable people and would force more people to fend for themselves on the private insurance market. Moreover, it does not include the important insurance industry reforms that are included in the new healthcare law nearly a year ago (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The new law includes reforms designed to hold insurance companies accountable and work at lowering healthcare costs over the long-term. The Roadmap does not.
Here are some of the problems with the Roadmap in more detail: