UPDATE: Fiorina pledges to repeal it too! California Republicans are in full wingnut mode today. Original post:
Trailing Meg Whitman by a whopping 50 points, Steve Poizner has decided to go all-in on teabagging the health care bill in hopes of turning around his flailing campaign. He just put out a statement calling on Jerry Brown to join wingnut Attorneys General around the country to sue to block the bill as being unconstitutional:
California is going to have an even harder time balancing the budget because of the new mandates placed upon us by the federal health care bill. The bill that was passed yesterday could cost a trillion dollars with a half a trillion in new taxes, and several unfunded mandates on our state. California’s consumers will bear the burden of higher health insurance premiums and health care costs, in addition to an onerous federal mandate that will require residents to have health insurance, whether they want it or not. Twelve states have announced plans to challenge the constitutionality of Obamacare and given California’s economic crisis, we cannot afford to let the federal government stick our state with billions more in unfunded mandates. I call upon California’s Attorney General, Jerry Brown, to join with at least a dozen attorneys general across this country and file suit to challenge the constitutionality of President Obama’s big government health care takeover.
That’s not going to happen. Jerry Brown isn’t crazy, and he’s not an opponent of this health care reform bill. That bill will provide a number of immediate and valuable health care reforms that will help a lot of people in just the first year after the bill is signed into law tomorrow. Here’s what Steve Poizner opposes:
WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF ENACTMENT
*Insurance companies will be barred from dropping people from coverage when they get sick. Lifetime coverage limits will be eliminated and annual limits are to be restricted.
*Insurers will be barred from excluding children for coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
*Young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ health plans until the age of 26. Many health plans currently drop dependents from coverage when they turn 19 or finish college.
*Uninsured adults with a pre-existing conditions will be able to obtain health coverage through a new program that will expire once new insurance exchanges begin operating in 2014.
*A temporary reinsurance program is created to help companies maintain health coverage for early retirees between the ages of 55 and 64. This also expires in 2014.
*Medicare drug beneficiaries who fall into the “doughnut hole” coverage gap will get a $250 rebate. The bill eventually closes that gap which currently begins after $2,700 is spent on drugs. Coverage starts again after $6,154 is spent.
*A tax credit becomes available for some small businesses to help provide coverage for workers.
In other words, Steve Poizner wants children with pre-existing conditions to be denied health coverage. He wants young adults to have to pay out of their own pocket to get what is usually junk insurance. He wants to keep the Medicare donut hole open. He wants adults with pre-existing conditions to continue to be denied coverage, and wants insurance companies to continue to drop patients when they get sick.
He also wants to undermine the state’s own health care programs by turning down the new federal money included in the bill to help states extend coverage to more people.
While Poizner is calling the bill unconstitutional, Tom Campbell is showing his right-wing true colors by calling for the bill to be repealed:
As the U.S. House of Representatives was on the verge of passing a national health care bill Sunday afternoon, one would-be senator said he would push to repeal it if California voters return him to Congress.
Tom Campbell, a former Silicon Valley congressman running to become the Republican nominee to oppose Sen. Barbara Boxer, accused Democrats of putting decisions in the government’s – rather than the people’s – hands. “Democrats are running the risk of limiting our freedom,” he said.
These Republicans are crazy – and they are determined to deny you health care.