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That’s what Alf Landon thought too

I’m going to jump in with a rare Sunday morning post because I read a column by Dana Milbank that really serves my point in last week’s post, The Healthcare Debate. 

Here’s some of what Milbank has to say,

“…The health-care legislation, if passed, won’t be repealed, and the politics of repeal may not work out as well as Republicans expect. You wouldn’t think that based on the headlong rush to demand a repeal even before the health bill becomes law.”

“Even the conservative majority on the Supreme Court would have to be wary of suddenly rejecting a legislative process that has been tolerated for years — all for the purpose of taking health care away from 30 million Americans. That would make Bush v. Gore look relatively innocent.”

“What Americans would see — or at least what Democratic ad makers say they’d put on Americans’ TV screens — are the benefits that would take effect this year: tax credits that encourage small businesses to offer health coverage; a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the prescription-drug “donut hole” (the checks would start going out June 15); allowing young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ health policies; and, above all, a ban on refusing coverage to children with preexisting conditions.”

Milbank uses the example of GOP Presidential nominee Alf Landon in 1936, who ran on the platform of repealing the recently enacted Social Security Act.  His point in the column is that Mr. Landon was wrong about the general population’s resolve to repeal SS then, and GOP leaders are wrong now.  He probably falls in the opposite camp from me on “Obamacare,” however we can both agree that it will be nearly impossible to repeal. 

To reiterate my final point from the previous healthcare post,

“So, there are many arguments for healthcare being thrown around out there.  There are personal stories that tug at your heartstrings, and there are appeals to our humanity to love others, there are cries that this is the only way to control costs, and there are even those who seem to believe that the government can administer healthcare better than it’s being done currently.  But, ultimately none of that really matters.  In the end, this is all about nationalizing 1/6th of the American economy (a portion equal to the ENTIRE English or French economy) because they know once they get it done it will be nearly impossible to undo.  They believe that by doing this, our country will forever be tilted to the left, no matter what happens. 

You see, they’ll happily lose an election cycle or two in order to “win the war” in that regard. “

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The Healthcare “Debate”

I anticipate this being my one and only post relating to the great healthcare “debate” now apparently raging across the country.  I say apparently because I don’t personally know many people who are actually debating about it.  The people on the news and the political blogs are clearly debating about it, but I think most normal people are just tired of it.  In general most of the people in the US probably believe that healthcare costs are too high, etc.  However, outside of that they have very little clue why costs are so high and what really can be done to help.  Unfortunately, most of our media is pretty biased and really doesn’t do a good job of delivering actual facts, they mostly just pass along political talking points and generalizations.  I don’t really want to talk about that stuff.

A great many people also want to frame the issue as a matter of those who “care” about others and those who don’t.  For example, those who are for healthcare reform are those that care about the less fortunate, while those who are against healthcare reform are those that don’t care about them.  These kind of arguments really serve to distract from real issues and they also enable some to view themselves (and their position) as morally superior.  As with many political and economic debates, that’s more about ego and feeling right than anything else.  So, I don’t want to talk about this either.

I’m also not going to talk about the myriad issues within the healthcare debate (tort reform, big pharm. companies, health savings accounts, etc.) because honestly I don’t know that much about them. 

What I would like to discuss is politics, ideologies, and power.  I would like to get to the bottom of the issue relating to the question of, “Why do the Democrats in power really want to pass healthcare reform so bad?”  I ask this question because what’s going on right now doesn’t make much sense anymore (on the surface.) Many polls show that Americans overwhelmingly are against the healthcare plans that are being offered.  Some polls are showing disaproval of them by a 3 to 1 margin.  That’s pretty serious negativity.  We’ve already seen a candidate (Scott Brown) win an election based almost entirely on his opposition to the health care reform plans.  And more like this are coming.  The constant talk in politics is about those Democrats that serve center-right districts and how the health care thing is probably ruining their chances of reelection.  It looks more and more likely that the Republican party is going to really make some huge gains this fall in elections nationwide, and may even take over the House.  It looks (on the surface) like the expedient thing to do would be to shelve this whole health care thing and spend more energy on revitalizing the economy, or dealing with Iran, or any number of other things.  But contrary to what looks like common sense, the Democrats march onward toward supposed destruction, seemingly oblivious to the public mood, like Lemmings following each other over a cliff. 

Surely, something else must be going on here right?

Lucky for us, Mark Steyn wrote a piece that I came across today, explaining what the heck Democrats are really doing.

“I’ve been saying in this space for two years that the governmentalization of health care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture. It redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state in fundamental ways that make limited government all but impossible.”

The basic gist of the situation is that Democrats know if they can just get this thing passed, it will be nearly impossible to EVER get rid of it.  Honestly, they don’t really care about “controlling costs” or “helping the unfortunate.”  They only care about their basic objective of government controlling as much as possible.  (As a side note – many Liberals clearly believe this is an good and honest thing to strive for.  I’m not going to say they’re “bad people” for wanting this, because they truly believe it’s a good thing – they’re just wrong.)  Unfortunately, they are ignoring (at a minimum) decades of evidence to the contrary, but they really believe they can build Nirvana. (More about that in this post from a couple weeks ago)  There are at least an equal number of other politicians that only care about power and having as much of it as possible.  Making the government more controlling in our everyday lives clearly is a means to that end for them. 

Steyn has this to say about it:

 “…government health care is not about health care, it’s about government. Once you look at it that way, what the Dems are doing makes perfect sense. For them.”

 

So, there are many arguments for healthcare being thrown around out there.  There are personal stories that tug at your heartstrings, and there are appeals to our humanity to love others, their are cries that this is the only way to control costs, and there are even those who seem to believe that the goverment can administer healthcare better than it’s being done currently.  But, ultimately none of that really matters.  In the end, this is all about nationalizing 1/6th of the American economy (a portion equal to the ENTIRE English or French economy) because they know once they get it done it will be nearly impossible to undo.  They believe that by doing this, our country will forever be tilted to the left, no matter what happens. 

You see, they’ll happily lose an election cycle or two in order to “win the war” in that regard. 

 —–  You should take the time to read the entire Mark Steyn article, it is excellent.


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