I have a larger interest in another question, however: why can’t he get this done, considering what huge majorities he has in Congress? That question could be rendered moot of course (and my answers incorrect) if he ends up getting it done after all. But at the moment it looks as though a somewhat watered-down version of health care reform is all that will be passed.
The answer as to why it’s been so hard for Obama is one the Left don’t want to hear: America is not in favor of the solution they want, or the one Obama is offering. That may not matter to them—after all, they know better than stupid Americans, and we should be wanting what our intellectual and moral superiors on the Left think we should want. But it is certainly a fact that, despite the 2008 election results, America has still not turned sufficiently to the Left for most of these people.
The fact is the vast majority of Americans are satisfied with our health care and recognize that almost any amount of government meddling, and certainly the vast overhaul that Barry and the Democrats are pushing now, will only make our lives miserable both in terms of poorer quality health care and in higher taxes.
We aren’t fools no matter what these elitist Democrats think.
Yes, health care needs some changes (doing away with the pre-existing conditions restriction for one), but a single payer government run health plan? Are you kidding me? That’s hell on Earth and we want to bring it to America?
Give me a break.
And concerning that single-payer government deal, Neo-neo also says.
I’ve not seen their reasons for this primacy of single payer specifically articulated; it’s just assumed and implied. But one motivation seems to be hatred of private insurance and the profits therein; it’s a form of greedy capitalism, after all, and must be expunged from our national shame. Another seems to be idealization of the European and Canadian approaches, and a desire to emulate those countries. But whatever the reasons may be, there is a fair amount of rage at Obama, as well as at Congress and the Senate in particular, about the possible compromises being hammered out that eliminate the public option.
That’s it in a nutshell. I doubt if many average American liberals really think single payer will be better than what we have now. They know this plan is bad. But they are so emotionally invested in Obama that they just can’t openly oppose him without their heads exploding. And even then according to the polls they aren’t for it, which shows just how bad it is.
And those liberals who do believe in a single payer plan are either rich elitists and know they can buy their health care with cash (Hollywood), or are already exempting themselves from the law (power-hungry Democrats in Congress), or are so simply brainwashed by anti-capitalism/pro-socialism hogwash (and residual Bush hatred ) that they just can’t or won’t see the truth.
So they keep on pushing these crap out of hypocrisy or ignorance or both. Changes that won’t affect them or that they just don’t recognize or care about if they do.
Fortunately we can still stop them. Congress is about to start its August recess and we NEED to keep up the heat. Call your representatives. E-mail them. If they are holding town-meetings and events attend them. Let them know how you feel about this and loudly.
Because if you don’t. If they have an easy time during their little vacation, well, then, they’ll go back and pass whatever Nancy, Harry, and Barry want.
It’s your future. Do something about it.