Obama to offer details of what he wants included in ObamaCare. I wonder if Jim Himes is the only Congressman who feels hung out to dry after being sent from Washington to sell a non-existent program to his constituents?
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We were wrong when we accused our representatives of not knowing what was in the health bill – there is no health bill
But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises — or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom I used to admire for her smooth aplomb under pressure, has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down.
There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama’s aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.
You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you’re happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.
I just don’t get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.
As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support. How is it possible that Democrats, through their own clumsiness and arrogance, have sabotaged healthcare reform yet again? Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn’t conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it’s the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan — it’s the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.
In a story that has been amply reported all over the Internet but deemed not fit to print in, say, the New York Times, (white) union thugs pummelled a (black) conservative at a Town Hall meeting, putting him in the hospital. This was not a racist incident because the guy was a conservative. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.
But now comes a new liberal slant to the story: the sorry son of a bitch was uninsured and has to seek donations to pay for his medical care. That wouldn’t be necessary under ObamaCare – he could be beaten, kicked and stomped for his views but Uncle Obama would makes sure his bills were paid. Pretty good deal, eh? So shut your yap.
In an updat, buried at the end of the article, the writer concedes that the guy was insured, but that’s irrelevant, to him – and to me, come to think of it.
I know that my liberal friends can’t seem to stretch their minds around believing that anything the Messiah does is wrong, but I hope they’ll try this thought experiment: suppose that, in the days leading up to the Senate vote on the invasion of Iraq, Cheney had sent out an email to all American citizens asking them to watch for and report any discussions that spread disinformation about the Administration’s plans. Would you find that creepy? Even the New York Times seems to think that Obama is going too far here with his own effort in that regard to ObamaCare.
That’s what they’re saying about this Obama poster that’s popping up in LA. Funny, nothing was said when Bush was depicted as a Nazi, so why the outrage of calling the Messiah a socialist?
Mickey Kaus, a liberal who supports (I think) ObamaCare, is amazed that the Democrats were dumb enough to slip a provision into the health care bill (that Jim Himes voted for but has yet to read) calling for voluntary, subsized suicide counseling for old folks who don’t want to burden their country with expensive end of life treatment. Kaus describes it as the camel’s nose under the tent, I say it’s the shape of things to come. Too bad the ice floes have all melted or we could just shove the old farts out on them and let them drift into oblivion.
With apologies to Rousseau, what is one to think about this letter writer to The New York Times. Google reveals him to be (but of course) a college professor, possessor of advanced degrees, the author of several books and owner of a house that Zillow says is worth $740,000, yet the man is so terrified of having to provide medical care for himself that he would willingly turn over the care of his life and decisions on that care to a bureaucrat, hoping only that that government official will be “devoted and well trained”. Professor Washburn has either never visited a motor vehicle department (in fact, he probably rides an adult tricycle or a Segue, with helmet on), or has really drunk that California Kool-Ade. Either way, if the educated class is so pathetically fearful and eager to relinquish personal responsibility for their own lives, it seems likely that the disadvantaged are even more so. How very sad.
Why We Must Ration Health Care (July 19, 2009)
Peter Singer is right when he says that we must ration health care. If we are going to develop an equitable and effective national health care system in the United States, then we must face the fact that, while modern medicine can do amazing things, its price is sometimes so large that it should not be paid. Bureaucrats have got to be involved, and here’s hoping that they are devoted and well trained. If President Obama wants to do the nation a service, he should emphasize these ultimate necessities, rather than advising governors to avoid using the “ration” word.
But the sentiment among those who were could not have been more consistent, regardless of political party. The governors said in interviews and public sessions that the bills being drafted in Congress would not do enough to curb the growth in health spending. And they said they were convinced that a major expansion of Medicaid would leave them with heavy costs.
You’ll trust your healthcare to the White House, won’t you? I keep saying it, but this is all about centralizing power.