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An incremental approach would be better

January 31, 2011 - Mike Maneval
While commentary for National Review's website by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton contains many points with which I strongly disagree - the flippant and contemptuous attack on the rights of patients injured by incompetent or reckless health care professionals to seek legal redress and the hypocrisy of assaulting assistance to many Americans as "morally bankrupt" for failing to encourage Americans to be "self-sufficient" while positing that beneficiaries of Medicare Advantage are entitled to expect taxpayers to pay for their gym memberships without any changes to coverage, among others - one correct and important point raised by Upton, a Republican from southwestern Michigan, needed to be said.

Upton notes Republicans have been criticized for taking an incremental approach - an approach he defends and should defend. The health care sector is simply too large and what the public needs from it too diverse for an all-encompassing solution to be passed on some date we can mark off on our calendars. Improving access to affordable health care will require a lot of distinct solutions, a lot of time, and a lot of flexibility - not that Upton otherwise shows much flexibility in embracing any solution outside of GOP talking points from the past five years.


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