Looking back at the lengthy summer impasse on passing a state budget, you have to wonder if anyone has thought about the importance of including the ideas of legislative Republicans in the policy discussions taking place on health care. For a moment, after the budget finally passed, I felt like I caught a wind of changing tactical consideration by the Governor’s office — an olive branch of diplomacy, centered around the idea of being more inclusive of Republican legislators in order to avoid this kind of stalemate.
Yet, we look at the issue of this health care, and because Republicans have made it clear that they do not support increasing taxes (or taxes called "fees"), all of the other common-sense ideas that they are putting forward to increase consumer choice and market-driven cost reductions for health care, are just being shelved. It would appear that the Governor is not willing to work with those who feel that individual responsibility, not "shared responsibility", should be an important consideration when guiding discussions on health care policy. Never mind that this is a bed-rock principle of the party of Reagan.
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