Our View: ‘Crickets’

Posted: December 18, 2013

If we’ve heard President Obama say it once, we’ve heard him say it at least a dozen times — that he would welcome any “new” or “good” ideas on health care. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that we wince when we hear it. So, too, must Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.

Rep. Price is also Dr. Price, and he has authored what many consider is the foremost Republican response to ObamaCare, a plan he says puts patients, families and doctors in control of health coverage and care. Time and again, Dr. Price emphasizes, he has called the White House to discuss his alternative approach. The administration’s response: “Silence. It’s crickets.”

Somehow, we’re not surprised, as the good doc’s initiative is, in many ways, the polar opposite of ObamaCare. Hence, nothing doing. No such “ideas,” whether “good” or not, need apply. “The fact is,” Dr. Price told Politico, “they don’t want to talk about the quality of health care, accessibility to health care, affordability of health care. What they want is the government to control health care.”

Precisely. Unless an “idea” hews to that government-centric standard, it can’t be considered “good.”