The President of the United States said:
Our... goal is high quality, affordable health care for all Americans. The American system of medicine is a model of skill and innovation, with a pace of discovery that is adding good years to our lives. Yet for many people, medical care costs too much — and many have no coverage at all. ...We must work toward a system in which all Americans have a good insurance policy, choose their own doctors, and seniors and low-income Americans receive the help they need.
The President was George W. Bush, and he said the above in his State of the Union speech of January 28, 2003.
Of course he also said, in the same speech: "These problems will not be solved with a nationalized health care system that dictates coverage and rations care." So even though the 2009 Christmas bill falls far short of "nationalization" and is a far cry from dictating or rationing anything, I guess the Republicans can say that they would be for "affordable care for all Americans," as long as we're only talking theoretically.Not to be confused with a chance to help pass actual health care legislation, which 100% of Republican Senators have refused to do.
President Obama has said "words mean something." Which means you don't include, like Bush did in January 2003, words in your SOTU that promise "affordable health care for all Americans" and then proceed to do nothing towards that goal in your remaining 6 years in office. Or as a party, oppose even the proposed moderate reform of a broken system by calling it a "Trojan Horse" for "nationalization."
I suggest you take a little tour of the Republican National Committee (RNC) website, especially its "What We Believe" page. Health care - affordable or otherwise - appears nowhere on their list of beliefs. It's also instructive to look at the "GOP Heroes" link, replete with sepia-toned 19th century portraits of black Americans who battled against slavery and for equal rights.
The problem is that the current GOP in the Senate and the House is a far cry from those days, and is likely to be on the wrong side of issues that concern contemporary black people. An ostensibly bipartisan organization, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC website) currently has no Republican members, and some white GOP legislators are suspected of "racial Tourette's Syndrome," where appeals to racism have entered the health care debate.
I hope the Senate and House bills pass in the new year with enhanced protections against subsequent attacks by dead-ender die hards who currently enjoy one of the best health insurance plans - the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB).
If the GOP is ideologically opposed to "nationalized" health insurance, how many Republican elected officials have given up their taxpayer-subsidized coverage? You can count them on the head of a pin.