by Max Brantley
Here's an explainer on a current fight in the House by Republicans to kill a key part of the Obama health care reform legislation, a board aimed at curbing costs. The article explains why Republicans would fight cost containment. They favor a different approach — an end to a defined benefit, government health insurance plan for all under Medicare. They want privatization. As Talking Points Memo details, this could be a key fight before it's over in the battle to preserve Medicare as it's always been understood.
Arkansas's Republican congressmen will be backing a plan that keeps the business — and the costly profits — with private insurance companies and leaves those for whom a government voucher isn't enough s*** out of luck.