Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The good news: Republicans in Congress are talking about repealing ObamaCare. The bad news that worse than nullifies this? They're already planning a u-turn:
"I think the slogan will be 'repeal and replace', 'repeal and replace,'" [Mitch] McConnell [R-KY] said. "No one that I know in the Republican conference in the Senate believes that no action is appropriate."It's bad enough that McConnell has just fallen into the "What have you got?" trap that Barack Obama laid for him in the form of his February health care summit "invitation." All the Democrats have to say to this is, "Where was this proposal back in February?" What's worse are the huge holes in understanding on many levels this reveals on McConnell's part.
First of all, on the practical level, the problems ObamaCare is pretending to address through government controls are themselves caused by government controls. No "action" by the government -- aside from the protection of individual rights -- is necessary or desirable within the medical industry, or any other. Unless McConnell has a comprehensive program for disentangling the government from our health, he could not possibly mean anything but "more of the same" in answer to the obvious question of, "Replace? With what?"
Second, and more important, there is no grasp of what is morally wrong with this bill evident in the short piece at the Caucus political blog. The "health spending law"? Excuse me while I whistle through my teeth. Is that all you've got in the outrage department, Mr. McConnell? Congress just told your constituents to buy medical coverage whether they want it or not, and that it will pay for whatever the government deems necessary for their medical care. They were just converted -- legally, anyway -- into state property. Screw spending. This is the worst violation of my person and danger to my life to come from Washington, bar none. This is also true for each of your constituents, whether they are aware of this or not.
Get rid of it, and then get rid of anything else like it. Repeal and Repeal.
If the GOP calls for a repeal of ObamaCare only to follow it with the same thing thinly disguised as "capitalism," I'll vote to reelect the Democrats. At least they aren't spitting in my face and telling me it's raining.
3-9-11: Corrected a punctuation error.