Obama to America: Bend Over and Cough

Americans resoundingly reject ObamaCare. What, then, accounts for the Democrats’ determination?

Democrats believe health care is a right. Start with that premise and everything else makes complete sense. Rights — whether the right to vote or to freely assemble or to avoid self-incrimination — exist independent of popular feeling, poll numbers or even, in the case of health care, the Constitution.

Democrats don’t care how much ObamaCare costs. When President Barack Obama addressed Republicans, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., carefully outlined the costs of this “reform.” He explained why costs figure to go up, not down. To someone truly interested in a cost-benefit analysis, these points warrant a rebuttal. But as MSNBC host Ed Schultz said, when it comes to health care reform and money, “I don’t care how much it costs.” An owner of an NFL team fired his coach despite the team’s winning record. He explained, “I gave him an unlimited expense account — and he exceeded it.” To Democrats, “economic justice” knows no price tag.

Democrats consider election losses a small price to pay for health care “reform.” Predictions range from moderate fall election losses to a bloodbath resulting in a Republican takeover of the House and possibly even the Senate. To this Democrats say, “So what?” Once health care reform becomes law, that’s that. Only a Republican charge with a filibuster-proof Republican supermajority in the Senate could undo it. Besides, President Bill Clinton got re-elected when the Republicans took over the House. And although he gives Republicans no credit, Clinton thereafter governed closer to the center, turned House Speaker Newt Gingrich into a convenient whipping boy, cruised to re-election and left office with a budget surplus. Obama, Democrats figure, could do a lot worse.

Democrats blame Americans’ confusion about ObamaCare’s virtues on Republican “lies.” Democrats claim that ObamaCare would decrease costs while retaining the same or better health care quality. Republicans say the opposite. Massachusetts’ RomneyCare, which is similar to ObamaCare, has failed to reduce costs. The three big entitlement programs — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — are all in deep financial trouble. At inception, the programs’ cost estimates were wildly underestimated. None of this provides cautionary lessons. Republicans lie.

Democrats believe that they truly care about people and that Republicans don’t. Obama tells of an uninsured self-employed Ohio woman receiving cancer treatment at the Cleveland Clinic.

The woman, he says, faces the prospect of losing her home because of the hospital bills. Never mind the Cleveland Clinic offers millions of dollars of non-reimbursed care annually. Never mind that the world-renowned medical facility said it has no intention of going after her home. And never mind that the woman, according to the hospital, is likely eligible for several charitable programs.

Democrats say, “If you like things as they are, don’t worry.” Eighty-five percent of Americans have health insurance, and 89 percent of them are satisfied with it. This poses a problem for “reform.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews once wrote that because HillaryCare failed to calm the satisfied, it collapsed. “People,” said Matthews, “saw their hard-won benefits and options being siphoned off to fund the health needs of all comers. Instead of securing the health care of the ‘working family,’ Hillary Clinton was offering ‘universal coverage’ for those who didn’t work, financed by those who did. It was an offer people were eager and quick to refuse.”

Democrats say, “If you like your plan and your doctor, you can keep them.” But won’t some employers drop their employee plans, pay the fines and slough the costs onto the taxpayers? And won’t some doctors, as polls suggest, restrict their practices or quit altogether? No, because, well, they just won’t.

Democrats bask in an Obama-loving liberal traditional media. The media cheerlead for health care “reform” and desperately want to give the President a “victory” — while accepting preposterous claims at face value. ObamaCare promises to extend health insurance to 30 million people; promises financial assistance to those unable to afford insurance; requires all employers to offer health insurance or pay fines; requires every American to obtain insurance or pay a fine; and promises to attack “unwarranted” insurance premium increases while requiring insurers to enroll those with pre-existing illness without dropping anyone’s coverage. And it would lawfully achieve all of this without increasing the deficit!

Democrats believe that if people are too dumb right now to see the benefits of ObamaCare, someday they will. If not, opponents will be powerless to do anything. Some people refuse to see what’s best. That’s why God created Democrats.

Democrats ultimately want a Canadian-style single-payer system. ObamaCare will result in cost overruns, caregivers driven out of business, declining quality, rationing, reduced innovation and bureaucrats determining who gets what, how and when. What then?

When the complaints grow loud enough, Democrats will be ready — with a plan to “reform” the “reform.”

  • poptoy

    One day…one day the Kenyan will get his…Period.

  • Sam Deakins

    Obama slogan for 2012 "Smell My Index Finger"!

  • Alfonao Barrs

    I to believe health care is a 'right'. However, that right includes the responsibility to pay for your own health care or pay for medical insurance to help or pay for it. Isn't that what we have now? The argument with me is who pays for health care…the user, through insurance policies or cash, or all the taxpayers? Our Constitutional and Bill of Rights freedoms include the responsibility to pay your own way for everything you personally want or need…not the public, who have their own problems coping in an escalating Obamaconomy.

    • USMCSniper

      Health care is not a right. It is a good. A right stems from our humanity. A good is something you buy or someone else buys for you. What is a good? A good is something we want or need. In a sense, it is the opposite of a right. We have our rights from birth, but we need our parents when we are children and we need ourselves as adults to purchase the goods we require for existence. So, food is a good, shelter is a good, clothing is a good, education is a good, a car is a good, legal representation is a good, working out at a gym is a good, and access to health care is a good. Does the government provide us goods? Well not really, it takes money from some of us and gives that money to others for goods. You can call that taxation or you can call it theft; but you cannot ever call it a right.

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    • http://www.youtube.com/pizzaboyserious Jason Gray

      Healthcare is no more a right than you have a right to have a witch doctor cure you of a stomach ache. see my video blog on my 4 Point Plan for Reform http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCX6OAx6IXA

  • Bruce

    ObamaCare has always been about smothering our Constitutional goverenance not about health. The whole thrust of the Obama Presidency from its conception is to replace our Democracy with a Collectivist Autocracy. Amnesty and Cap-and-Tax are waiting in the wings to further this Fascist Putsch. That's why the CorruptoCrats are obsessed with passing "HealthScare": De facto nullification of the Constitution and acquisition of permanent political power for the political Left.

  • Joe Foss

    My concern over this dangerous power grab is that in the near future, as the price of this liberty destroying monstrosity increases tenfold, the feds will have no choice but to gut the military to the level of the canadian armed forces. Hooray for china, russia, and n korea–the true beneficiaries of obama-dem care…what a shame…goodbye American exceptionalism, liberty, and security

  • jewdog

    The health insurance industry is only marginally profitable. Slap it with draconian unfunded mandates and it will collapse. If that happens, then the Democrats will be held accountable by the voters.

  • http://jingoist-foundingprinciples.blogspot.com/2010/03/16000-new-irs-agents-here-are-phone.html JINGOIST

    Folks we MUST stop this health care takeover! Burn up the phone lines.
    House Democrats on the fence:

    Brian Baird (WA-03)
    202-225-3536
    https://forms.house.gov/baird/webforms/issue_subs

    Jason Altmire (PA-4)
    202-225- 2565
    https://forms.house.gov/altmire/webforms/issue_su

    Lincoln Davis (TN-04)
    202-225-6831
    http://www.house.gov/lincolndavis/contact/email.h

    Glenn Nye (VA-02)
    202-225-4215
    http://nye.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=74§…

    John Tanner (TN-08)
    202-225-4714
    https://forms.house.gov/tanner/webforms/contact.s

  • http://jingoist-foundingprinciples.blogspot.com/2010/03/16000-new-irs-agents-here-are-phone.html JINGOIST

    Harry Teague (NM-02)
    202-225-2365
    http://teague.house.gov/index.php?option=com_cont

    Folks we MUST stop this health care takeover! Burn up the phone lines.
    House Democrats on the fence:

    John Boccieri (OH-16)
    202-225-3876
    https://forms.house.gov/boccieri/webforms/issue_s

    Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24)
    202-225-2706.
    https://forms.house.gov/kosmas/webforms/contact.h

    Scott Murphy (NY-20)
    202-225-5614
    scottmurphy.house.gov/

    Tell Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) not to give in to Obama.
    202-225-6636
    http://josephcao.house.gov/contact/

  • ellen

    My opinion is obama wants to be a ruler of the country, he will be taking all of your junk food away.

  • raybojabo

    We already know that we have the "right to keep and bear arms". So give me my free guns and shove your free healthcare, its not on the list.