A liberal’s take on ObamaCare – it’s a friggin’ disaster

Here’s an Obama supporter who can’t believe the hash her hero has made of health care.

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.


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14 responses to “A liberal’s take on ObamaCare – it’s a friggin’ disaster

  1. Anonymous

    Community organizer “work” was so much easier

  2. Anonymousse

    Great great great article. I’ve emailed it to every Damnocrat I know.

  3. Anonymous

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Chris it’s the best, most important thing ever to appear on this blog — except, of course, some the claptrap and thinly veiled hokum you’ve written. Please let us know the author’s name. Whoever is responsible for this should be applauded.

  4. Anonymous

    Camille is pissed.
    Is this presaging the Messiah’s loss of the center left?

  5. OGRCC

    I haven’t read it yet.

    Maybe this is like all the stuffy GOPers complaining that sarah palin was a joke of a pick.

  6. Pete

    And I thought the terms logic and democrat were mutually exclusive.

  7. Red

    Camille Paglia is on her own team, not anyone else’s. It’s all about Camille, all the time. She and Ann Coulter are cut from the same cloth. I can’t stand either one.

  8. Wally

    There are any number of elements of the Obamacare proposals that are troublesome, but chief among them is the notion that health care reform/ cost containment can be undertaken without even addressing the problem of needed tort/ malpractice reform, as well.

  9. '73Refugee

    Obama’s been bought and paid for by the trial bar, among others, so no tort reform, especially for those evil, greedy doctors.

  10. Krazy Kat

    Chris: I know you read what you want to read but to refer to Camile Paglia without name and as a generic “Obama supporter” shows that you have to get out more (on the internet at least).

    Red, I can not believe you suggest Paglia “and Ann Coulter are cut from the same cloth” – what cloth is that? Bright women of very strong opinion who hate the professional feminist movement and who are not afraid to call a spade a shovel (have to be careful these days)? That’s about where the similarities end since their politics and view of the world are nearly 180 degrees apart.

    More seriously, Obama is trouble when he is losing Ed Koch and Paglia in the same week. However, for the part of America that first started attending tea parties and are not showing up at town halls, this is less about health care than it is about the direction in which this company is heading. Health care is the latest example but the stimulus package, cap & trade/tax and various other spending priorities have finally gotten to the general public and we are now hearing about it.

    I didn’t vote for him and much of what I warned others about is coming to pass. I wonder what John Galt would do?

  11. Anonymous

    You guys sound like a bunch of white trash crazies. Didn’t know much existed in Greenwich…..

    • christopherfountain

      If you’re referring to red and Kat well, I understand, but please – let’s refrain from personal attacks!

  12. cos cobber

    John Galt left a number of years ago. He works from Asia now.

  13. Red

    Kat, you are exactly right in what I meant by “cut from the same cloth”. Ann Coulter & Camille Paglia are both desperately needy, attention-seeking women who have built their careers by creating controversy even when it means twisting the truth or hurting innocent parties — albeit at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Bo-ring.