The Health Care PR Movement
Doug Ross rounds up the incredible PR effort being employed to sell Obama's Health Care agenda. I heard the clip of Obama claiming that his only rationale for forming a public insurance option was to encourage insurers to become more competitive. Really? Someone needs to ask him to name one area in which the Federal government has proved itself capable of accomplishing something more efficiently and cost effectively than the private sector. There is nothing he can name. Such a move is guaranteed to put private insurers out of business eventually. There can be no other ultimate design.
Government is structured to do only those things which the private sector can't or won't provide on a broad scale but require a single coordinated planning and operations approach at the top level. And it always accomplishes it by taxing the population to underwrite on going operations openly, or below the radar somehow.
Obama knows if he sets this course there will be no other outcome, whether it happens on his watch, or not. There will be no going back. Once the government subsidizes coverage for a portion of the population, it will never win political support for removing it. From there, the government will be positioned to manipulate the market until private insures simply can't or will refuse to compete.
When that happens, the government will be the single payer in the system Obama has acknowledged he prefers. Once there, it isn't even a hop, skip and jump to dictating everything from doctor incomes to acceptable treatment options and the various criteria they will establish to determine what you can or can't get in terms of care. It will all be justified by cost-effectiveness and "good government". Much of it will then be accomplished through regulations upon which you wll never get to vote.
What it will be is socialized medicine, clear and simple. He's only muddying the water now in hopes of keeping people confused, uncertain and undecided enough for him to pull it off. And he is in a hurry because he knows he must be. They were in a hurry on the stimulus, yet have still only managed to spend a small percentage of it as of now. What was the big rush? Simple, let's get it done before the people have a chance to think it through and figure it out.
His window could easily close in 2010 with just enough Republican gains in the Senate. If you believe that the private sector brings real value to our current system, no matter how problematic, or expensive it might be – you owe it to yourself and the generations that will come after you to do everything you can to oppose him on this. It will be your last chance.
Doug's same item from above is here.