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Barack’s Itsy Bitsy Spider?

In Obamacare on 27/02/2010 at 08:29

The health care summit is over but the play is only in the second act. Maybe the third, but who’s counting, right?

What the public always seems to miss when these Democrat kabukis are played out on the public stage is that the play never ends. It goes on perpetually.

There are two ways that progressives can pass their healthcare agenda. They can get enough so-called moderate Democrats to commit hari-kari – roughly what Akio Toyoda did this week in congress – by selling out their constituency. Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln and several others did that and it almost worked.

The other way is by incrementally spoon-feeding bite-sized portions of the same cruddy stew to the American people bit by bitter bit. I have run out of Japanese metaphors but this is the mommy-tested tradition. “Slip it into his food he’ll never notice,” or, “Just one bite, darling, it’s good for you.”

The latter method is how we ended up with Medicare and Social Security and all of the other entitlements that are bankrupting our society, the ones that have become indispensable to us.

Understand one thing here. The Democrats are not going home in November empty handed. They will pass health care in some form unless we drag them kicking and screaming into the streets and – using another traditional American metaphor – whip their butts.

Bill O’Reilly loves to gloat over his Harvard-honed political perception. He boisterously told Karl Rove the other night that he was right about the public option and Rove was wrong. The public option is dead.

Moron … er, pinhead, the public option is just getting started. We’ve been on the public option for 70 years and the public thinks they can’t live without it. And by year’s end we will be one more step toward complete government-run health care.

Capitalism by its very definition was never meant to feed, house, and clothe society. That is the free market economy’s job. The idea that the government owes you anything is absurd in a free-market. Yet we depend on it to deliver our mail when it costs us billions year after year.

It’s time to say it in good old-fashioned street vernacular. Stick a fork in Medicare. It’s insolvent and has been almost since Lyndon Johnson pawned it off on us 45 years ago. The same with Social Security. How in the world do you think we went from billion-dollar budgets to trillions and counting?

These programs should be grandfathered immediately, not replaced by something monstrously larger, as Obama is trying to do right now. They should end the minute the last baby boomer dies. They and hundreds of programs like them are breaking us. But these are third-rail issues in American politics and no one wants to touch them.

I believe so-called reconciliation will fail in the coming weeks but it won’t end there. The Obama administration is about to shift to the mommy-tested option. They will introduce tiny bits of the health care agenda piece by piece and the Republicans will compromise.

Health insurance reform is a rather simple matter. End state and federal mandates, enact portability, institute powerful tort reform, and separate out general medical from catastrophic care. There are a few other things but nothing that will tax the nation out of house and home.

We will end up with nationalized health care unless we dump progressives. Lifers like Lamar Alexander and John McCain and every one of the others who have made Washington home for thirty years must go right along with them. Then we need to elect more Michele Bachmanns to replace them.

  1. beautifully said!!!

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