Skip to comments.Don't let up until 'health care' bill is repealed
Posted on 03/25/2010 6:25:35 AM PDT by listenhillary
The Democrats in Congress and the White House have forced upon the United States of America a federal health care plan designed for people who are too stupid, incompetent and weak to manage their own affairs.
Such people certainly do exist among us, but to gear the nation's health care system to them is a terrible idea. Unless, of course, one happens to be part of our new ruling class.
It's so much more fun to be on the telling end of, "Do this; don't do that," than on the being-told end. Politics and power -- not anything related to improving health care -- is what this whole, long wrangle has been about from the beginning: Putting the governed in the position of needing the consent of the government to live their lives, and ensuring that promoters of the power of the state do the governing in perpetuity.
There was a time when the politicians who sat in Congress and in the White House understood that they served the people. They were bound to us and subject to our will. The relationship has been changing for about a century, not coincidentally with the growth of Washington's power and reach. Most of the change has taken place in three convulsive periods.
First came the New Deal, which introduced government paternalism. Next came the Great Society, from which the nanny state emerged. Now comes "health care reform," and Americans are faced with the prospect of trading what's left of their individual liberty -- and a great deal of their wealth -- for a blatantly false promise of health security.
Oh, yes, Obamacare will get a few more people covered. But what "coverage" will mean is merely a place in line to await treatment. That line will grow longer and longer as expenses increase, as care is rationed, as the medical profession shrinks, as the incentives to innovate dry up and blow away, and as a bureaucracy dedicated chiefly to its own growth and preservation shifts the purpose of medicine away from healing and toward the making and enforcement of rules.
In short, we will buy -- at tremendous expense, using money we don't have -- a system far inferior to the one we have now.
There's a partisan political element to this outcome, too. You can see it in the e-mails that Eric Schultz, late of the Al Franken Senate campaign and now spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is busily sending out about Republicans who have called for repeal of the health care takeover bill: They're trying to take away your health care!
You'll hear that over and over again, because it's the line the Democrats believe will keep them in power forever, once they endure just one or two losing election cycles. They think that once the Republicans regain Congress and the presidency, they won't have the guts to follow through on repeal pledges.
But the Republicans must follow through, because that's only half of the Democratic strategy. Here's the other half: Once their bureaucratic, financially unsustainable, lower-quality, lower-access parody of today's excellent health care system structure is fully in place, the Democrats can add a new threat: "Do as you're told, or we'll take away your health care."
That's what happens when you give government power over your life. The state giveth and the state taketh away. Buy insurance or we put you in jail.
The Democrats think you're too stupid to catch on, too incompetent to get organized and too weak to fight back. They really believe that in one brief moment of uncontested power, they have set in motion a process of subjugation that will radically change not only the politics of America but also the character of its people.
The people need to prove them wrong. And the Republicans the people put in the Congress and the White House need to have the guts to do the right thing for the health of the country and its citizens: Repeal this monster before it can sink its socialistic roots into our soil.
This is far from over.
Come November 2010 and November 2012, there needs to be hell to pay -- and that needs to be only the beginning.
I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked!
Las Vegas Dave, Northeast Ohio PING, please. :-)
Isn’t the plains dealer a wildly leftist rag?
It is time to fight. Don’t let up. Your Liberty is being taken away from you just like Americans in the 1770’s.
There will be no rest until we gut it.
Sic Semper Tyrannis!
Let the Republican leadership know that we support DeMint by signing his Repeal ObamaCare Pledge.
150,000 folks have made the pledge!!!!
How about you????
Even democrats just voted to reorganize and oversee their county government.
According to Forbes, Cleveland the worst city.
“It’ll take a while to control the people”
Kevin O’Brien is the one conservative columnist on staff at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Seems like defunding it in 2011, provision-by-provision, would be more fun. Avoid the charge of “taking away health care” and force the Dems to die a death by a thousand tiny cuts.
When you hear Demo Rats talking about giving the people a new right of health care, you know you’re dealing with someone who does not understand the founding principles of our country. That our rights come from God and we have delegated defined and limited powers to the government.
Are they attempting to save a sinking ship with a lone sane voice?
I signed and forwarded the page.
The comments are instructive, more agree than disagree.
I agree. This is no time to be defeated. We have to get this bill repealed. It’s going to take time and effort. But we can’t quit!
I haven’t read the PD in years.
That’s what I figured.
Thanks and best to you, NeoCaveman. :-)
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