Robert Samuelson writes a column today that concerns itself with the very essence of this country and how being on the cusp of a tipping point where equality of outcome wins over liberty causes each of us who cares about such things to join in the poison of our political system and act extreme.
The good news?
A recent Pew poll asked people to pick between “freedom to pursue life’s goals without state interference” and the “state guarantees nobody is in need.” Americans selected freedom 58 percent to 35 percent. European responses were reversed: Germany’s 36 percent to 62 percent was typical. By wide margins compared with Europeans, Americans believe that “success in life” is determined by individual effort and not by outside forces. </blockquote
Yet, in their voting habits, Americans often prefer security.
But in the NYTimes today we have an editorial bemoaning the ignorance of the American voter as it regards health care.
Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania residents, interviewed recently by Abby Goodnough of The Times, said they were opposed to President Obama’s health care reform law. Though almost all of them would benefit from it, they expressed fears about a loss of control over their health care that is nowhere in the law.
Funny how the NYTimes editorial would assume that just because the law is opposed by people who may benefit from it, they assume that the voters don’t know enough about the law.
This is what the author says is in the law [I’m in the brackets]:
Beyond simple decency, that’s a huge benefit to society as a whole, improving public health and reducing expensive emergency care that everyone pays for. [In no manner does Obamacare “improve” public health. Good Doctors are going Galt, colleges are dropping coverage are just two examples] [by mandating everyone buy insurance we may reduce expensive emergency care-I’ll give him that, but who cares?] In uncertain times, as well, anyone can suddenly lose health insurance. [True, but now in uncertain times when healthcare dollars are stretched to breaking you just won’t get treated with the latest and greatest as evidenced by the care of people in Great Britain.] But that case was never forcefully made, and Republicans exploited the complexity of the law to persuade casual listeners that, as the House speaker, John Boehner, claimed on Sunday, “this is government taking over the entire health insurance industry.” [and it is….there are so many added regulations on an industry that was previously over regulated it isn’t even funny]
Expanding coverage is an idea worth defending, [sure, if by expanding coverage you mean talking people into buying coverage vs requiring them to pay for a version of coverage that you think is the ideal] particularly when Republican leaders acknowledge that they have little interest in doing so, as Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, did on Sunday. And there many other aspects of the law for which Democrats should use a megaphone: an end to the Medicare “doughnut hole” [the one idea that incentivized people to choose the generic and hence cheaper version of drugs through Part D]; a huge expansion of coverage for mental health [for people with no need of it]; an end to lifetime and annual limits on coverage [increasing the cost of insurance] and of rejection because of a pre-existing condition [making the need to insurance today unlikely] ; a requirement that medium and large businesses provide essential coverage and pay for 60 percent of it [Why should your place of employment buy your health insurance for you? If so, why not my homeowners policy? My home keeps me stable which is a good for them same as my health.]; free access to preventive care like immunizations and mammograms.[there is no such thing as a free thing when someone has to be paid; the company that makes the vaccines and the staff doing the service and the building where all these items are located]
Yes, the NYTimes thinks Obama needs to be out there defending Obamacare. I agree……please.
This is not a nation where people are left alone anymore. This is a nation where they are hounded from the moment they are born until the moment they die by the arms of a regulatory state run by men and women weaned on Cleaver, Alinsky, Fourier, Marx, Wells and countless others. This is a nation where, accordingly, being left alone is the greatest of luxuries.
It takes a lot of money to be left alone. Regulatory space is much more expensive than physical space, and buying it requires investing in lobbyists, fundraisers and lawyers. If you make the right payoffs, then you can buy the privilege of being left alone, exempted from regulations, going uninspected and protected against the agents of the state. But once you do that, you are no longer neutral. You have bought yourself the privilege of not being considered the problem; instead, you have become part of the solution for the people you are paying off.
The Americans bushwacked by ObamaCare, the scam artist’s dream of a tax paid to a third-party in exchange for benefits accrued to a fourth party, still thought they had the freedom to take the middle, to despise meddling politicians in both parties, ignore most things the government did, while living their own lives. They had seen their savings devalued, their homes seized, their lives bedeviled by a thousand regulations, but they still thought that it was possible to take a middle-ground, to reject the solutions by asserting that they are not the problem.
They did not understand that in Cleaverland, in Alinskytown and in Obamaville—no one opts out. Either you volunteer of you get drafted. Raise your hand or you will be called on anyway. Not volunteering to be part of their agenda means that you are the problem.
(UPDATE: The paragraph above starting with “It takes a lot of money” sounds like what our friend Hank Reardon did when he hired his lobbyist and just stayed above the fray. He had the means and the interest to pay to make certain he was left alone. But that didn’t last in a novel, nor will it last in reality.)
Today is Independence Day and my feelings need to be turned toward the fight vs the defeat. This coming election IS key. We ARE at a tipping point. If Obama is re-elected I can’t imagine how we will make it back to liberty again.
Gather the muskets dear readers. Romney isn’t the best guy, but he’s our guy and there are many others throughout the country. I may even put a bumper sticker on the car. 🙂