Jul 26 2009
The democrats have learned the same lesson they had to learn in 1993-1994. If you attempt to take over the world’s premier health care system by claiming cheaper is better and bureaucrats are better than insurance companies, you lose the American people who know their health care is the best – which is why it is expensive. The amazing fact is we all have quick access to amazing medical treatments. Some have access to more, many don’t pay, but it is there and is the envy of the world (especially the UK and Canada, which the liberals hold up as the best we could hope for).
Liberals love the nanny state because they get to be the nannies. They get to Â explain to one and all how great and all knowing they are, how holier than though they are, how they feel more for the poor saps they have to lead into the promised land. It is a pathetic arrogance that the right mirrored on their path to the minority. The right tried to mimic Begala and Carver in their condescending and flip arrogance, and reaped the same results that these Clintonites reaped for the Democrats as a whole. I have never understood the cult like admiration for the man from Hope who decimated the democrat hold on federal power.
And now a new man with “Hope” has unleashed the inner liberal nanny that cowers inside the far left, and the result is the same. A growing rejection of the liberals’ failed policies is massing in response to the frightening overreach of government bureaucrats to decide who shall live and who shall die. In response to the failure to address the problems of health care cost alone, and by allowing Pelosi and her liberal wing nuts to play know-it-all-gods, President Obama’s approval ratings are crashing:
This is not only an enormous shift in attitude AFTER the President’s abysmal prime time, but it may just be irreversible. We still face over a year of unemployment over 9% with the bottom yet to be found. People wanted simple and incremental changes to address a few nagging problems. They did not vote for radical liberal social experiments.
But President Obama was so naive to the ways of DC and the federal government he handed over his key signature issues to zealots and ideologues who are so radical in their thinking they always scare the hell out of normal people once it is clear what they are actually planning to do to this nation.
After two major failures what people will want most is for the liberals to be shut down and give the nation a chance to fix their mistake in 2010. The more the liberals push in the opposite direction, the worse the change will be for the Democrats.
Update: BTW, there are real examples in the US of the disaster we may have avoided by rejecting the liberal take over of our health care industry. Tennessee actually tried a Pelosi-Obama like risky scheme, and paid an incredible price for their mistake:
The genesis of TennCare has many parallels to the situation in which we find ourselves today. It was a public option plan designed to save money and expand coverage. In the early 1990s, Tennessee was facing rising costs in its Medicaid program. TennCare was designed to replace Medicaid with managed care and use the promised savings to expand coverage. By 1998, TennCare swelled to cover 1.2 million people. Private business dropped coverage for employees and forced them onto state rolls. By 2002 enrollment had swelled to 1.4 million people and forced Tennessee’s Governor to raise taxes and ultimately propose an entirely new state income tax to cover the unforeseen costs. Governor Bredesen was ultimately forced to dramatically restructure a program he has since called “a disaster”. By 2006 Bredesen had disenrolled nearly 200,000 people and slashed benefits.
We don’t need to theorize about the effect of Obamacare. There is no real guesswork as to the result. With restrictions on changes and new customers on private health care plans on the now infamous page 16 of the House bill, we know in 5-10 years all the private insurance companies will have been shuttered and closed down, throwing millions of people out of work.
The only guess work from Tenncare to Obamacare is the speed and the scope of the destruction, not the path.