Perhaps I can find something on Google, Groucho, I'm bothered by this "wonder" of yours, I think this is Al Gore and Bush in a 2000 debate, lets return 10 years and see where Republican thought processes are on health care, Obama a spokeperson for Lib plans in 2010, where were Bush and Repubs, I'm saddened so by your 'wonder' and confusion.
Rock solid consistent here, so I'll assume this isn't the source of your wonder.BUSH: I’m absolutely opposed to a national health care plan. I don’t want the federal government making decisions for consumers or for providers. I remember what the administration tried to do in 1993. They tried to have a national health care plan, and fortunately it failed. I trust people; I don’t trust the federal government. I don’t want the federal government making decisions on behalf of everybody.
This can't be a wonder either.BUSH: Step one is to reform the Medicare system. I want to call upon Republicans and Democrats to take care of a senior prescription drug program. I think it’s important to have what’s called Immediate Helping Hand, which is direct money to states so seniors don’t have to chose between food and medicine.
Also poured billions into Africa for AIDS.Bush proposed spending an additional $67 billion over the decade to search for cures for age-old afflictions, including Alzheimer’s disease. “As president, I will fund and lead a medical moonshot to reach far beyond what seems possible today.’’ Specifically, Bush would complete a five-year plan already in progress in Congress to double NIH funding by 2003, to about $27 billion.
Solid policies, still wonderin?The Bush plan will:Modernize Medicare.Give seniors a greater choice in plans with more options & access to the latest medical technology.
Provide a prescription drug benefit now.Underwrite at least 25% of the cost of prescription drug premiums for all seniors.
Provide catastrophic Medicare coverage. Ensure seniors suffering from life-threatening illnesses will never pay more than $6,000 annually for Medicare costs.
Provide patients a bill of rights.Provide patient protections, like those in Texas, to ensure quality of care from health care providers.
Provide access to health care for the uninsured and underserved.
Refundable health credit of $2,000 to help purchase health insurance.
Commit $3.6 billion over five years to build 1,200 new Community Health Centers.
Support caregivers and long-term care. Additional exemption ($2,750 in 2000) for each elderly relative; plus 100% tax deduction for long-term care insurance premiums.
This link continues on medical savings accounts, etc, you'll find many issues Repubs are promoting today, observers shouldn't think Groucho nor Glinda's being unaware of Republican policies on health care mean we have none.
We've actualaly been quite specific and consistent, we just don't want a public plan nor an economy ruining/government expansion plan.
Glinda/Groucho, I can link you to more Republican consistent health care reform policy if yer still wonderin.