At last House Republicans have presented their version of health care reform. At least, they presented a one-page summary of what they say their bill will contain; I have not seen the final bill yet.
The timing of the release -- Election Day -- was inauspicious. Or maybe "suspicious" is a better word: what better day could there be to release a plan so devoid of substance if you wanted to attract minimal attention to it from voters and the media?
Republicans are Past Masters in the art of semantic deception (think "USA Patriot Act" or "compassionate conservative") so it's no surprise that nothing in their 10-point plan is exactly -- or sometimes even remotely - what it appears to be. For that reason, I lay out here the main provisions of the GOP Health Reform Plan and then comment on what each one actually means.
These points are not listed in the order they appear in the summary document. I have regrouped them to make clearer what I believe to be their true intents and impacts.