Aug 19 2009
It’s a huge gamble, and could break the back of the Democrat Party for generations, but there are many liberals in DC ready to go to war with Americans over what America will look like in the future. They apparently will be making their stand on government run health care, replete with cost cutting (read death panels doling out treatment to the worthy), raiding medicare/medicaid (watch out seniors, you are the first costs to cut) and raising taxes (more job losses).
The problem for the liberal socialists in the country is you need dire economic conditions to try and force through a complete take over of the world’s most premier health system by government bureaucrats (who can’t even count dollars and budget money, let alone understand medicine). They need to act now, at the worst possible moment economically, to try and dupe enough people into thinking Nirvana is just around the next big left turn. Sadly for the dems it is not working as well as they wish – but more on that in a bit.
So Barack Obama, our young President, has made the key pivotal decision of his short administration. He could have sided with the growing sentiment of the country and jettisoned any hint of a government run option for health care – he even began to go that direction this weekend. But instead he is now siding with the shrieking minority on the left who want to try and ram this down the electorate’s throat, at a time when the electorate is starting to seriously sour on the President and the Dems. And they have serious ‘deer in the headlights’ syndrome:
President Obama’s advisers acknowledged Tuesday that they were unprepared for the intraparty rift that occurred over the fate of a proposed public health insurance program, a firestorm that has left the White House searching for a way to reclaim the initiative on the president’s top legislative priority.
“I don’t understand why the left of the left has decided that this is their Waterloo,” said a senior White House adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We’ve gotten to this point where health care on the left is determined by the breadth of the public option. I don’t understand how that has become the measure of whether what we achieve is health-care reform.”
“It’s a mystifying thing,” he added. “We’re forgetting why we are in this.”
Emphasis mine. That “don’t understand” comment may be the best at summing up what is happening to our inexperienced President, formally an inexperienced Senator. His team has no concept of the forces in DC and how to control them. If he was not willing to fight to the death for the liberal’s key stink bomb of a requirement he needed to control the process and tone long before now. Of course it is too late and now President Obama is flip flopping almost hourly – which is not emboldening him with Americans who prefer strong leaders.
The news out today is Democrats, realizing compromise will kill their silly prize of government rationed health care, will go it alone. The question is how alone. Because right now the majority of people in this country do not want the liberal take over of health care. They know better than to believe the doe-eyed fantasy crap about “free quality health care for all for not cost”. We have the UK and Canada models to see how badly and deadly governments can run health care.
For example, I posted on a true life victim of government health care death panels. The bureaucrats in the UK decided to cut some more costs, delaying cheap screening tests for a very treatable cancer – if detected. They saved maybe $50 a person and sentenced (or nearly sentenced – not clear if she finally got treatment) a young woman to death. It is the perfect example of the mindless, faceless bureaucrat acting on orders to ‘cut costs’.
In our private run health care system the thinking is completely different. Yes, insurance companies want healthy people paying premiums. Any plan to pool resources (government or private) needs the healthy paying in to cover those in need. But a private company needs to ATTRACT clientele, so they would easily cover a myriad of $50 tests to find problems long before they become critical. They want that young lady healthy and living a long life – paying premiums. And so does everyone insured with her who wants it to be affordable premiums. Â A company does not want to risk losing a single patient to expensive disease.
Companies, which need to show growth and profit, actually have more incentive to do well for their patients so they can live long and bring in new customers. The so called greed factor is actually well balanced by the doctors and their dedication to their Hippocratic oath.
Americans understand this difference. We got the analogy between FedEx/UPS and the Post Office. As a nation we are not as naive and gullible as the liberal left. And we see this in poll after poll. First from NBC. What is important to note is the answer to question 7b, where 24% say Obamacare will make things better, and a whopping 40% say it will make things worse. The President’s job approval is down to 51%, and probably still falling, as is the support for Congress and Congressional Dems.
Another interesting poll out is the latest Battleground poll (chart version – and H/T Radio Vice Online). The Dems are clearly losing the independents, as can be seen with the right track/ wrong track data (page 4), the generic Dem vs Rep congressional vote (of the likely voters GOP has a 5% lead) and the all critical ‘do you prefer divided government (page 8). All of these show independents siding with the GOP. Obama’s job approval is also down to +11% in this poll (53-42%).
Then there is the Gallup Presidential approval poll, with Obama at a new low of +10%. And of course the Rasmussen Poll, which has Obama statistically at 50-50, but when you look at the intensity of strongly approve versus strongly disapproves, then you find Obama’s support is now hovering around -9%. In fact, if they have the numbers, most polls are showing higher intensity for opposition than support.
The government run health care option is Â political suicide. The liberals are going to be picking a fight with the World War II generation, the Baby Boomers and their immediate families. In that fight they will not only lose, but will destroy the Democrat Party by making it the party of wild eyed liberals.
One other interesting note about that Battleground Poll. Like the recent Gallup Poll which showed ‘conservatives’ out number liberals in all 50 states, the Battleground had similar results with 59% of the country identifying themselves as conservative to some level.
The point here is that the liberals would expand and grow the current backlash if they try to force government run health care onto the nation at this time. If they go it alone, we will be witnessing some rare and unique in America – a Congress defying the will of the people.