The Obama Approach
President Obama’s credo seems to be that if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. He’s “doubling down,” as the phrase goes. We’re going to get his killer dose of government-controlled medicine whether we want it or not.
Scott Brown’s upset victory in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race killed the Democrats’ filibuster-proof 60-vote advantage. So Obama is now in favor of “bipartisanship.” He’s pretending to listen to Republican doubts about strangling what’s left of freedom in the medical industry.
But Obama’s new health care bill seeks simply to reconcile the House Democrat plan with the Senate Democrat plan. It’s more bichambership than bipartisanship. Under the “new” plan, Americans would still be socked with lots of penalties and commandments.
One addition, though. Obama also wants to create a federal agency that can veto supposedly “unreasonable” increases in health insurance rates. So what happens when the only practical response to huge new costs under the vast panoply of new requirements is to raise rates . . . and government prohibits this?
Might insurance companies be forced out of business?
Might Washington be waiting in the wings, eager to finish the takeover and shove us all into a “public option”?
Obama is pretty relentless, trying to gulp up a huge sector of the economy despite growing and cogent opposition. Not, I think, a particularly admirable quality in this context.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.