Obama Proposes Takeover of America’s Health Care System

by Sal on February 23, 2010

in Health Care,Politics

Barack Obama put forth his health care proposal yesterday, a nearly $1 trillion budget-busting takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. Economy.  Now, usually, American Presidents typically propose legislation before both houses of Congress pass their own versions, but I digress.  The plan is very similar to the Senate plan, but imposes new taxes, weakens the Cadillac tax to appease the unions, and dumps the Cornhusker Kickback given to Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE).  It’s most remarkable new feature, however, is the introduction of price controls.  Obama wants the ability to veto any insurance company attempt to raise premiums.  Since the ObamaCare bill doesn’t do anything to contain rising costs, as costs skyrocket, insurance companies will be unable to raise their prices, thus forcing them out of business, and forcing the government to take over, and you end up with single-payer health care.

The proposal by Obama, having been worked on for weeks, is nothing more than an outline.  The CBO refuses to score it until more details emerge, and the GOP is attacking the plan for having no meat by which to judge it.  In response, the White House attacked Republicans and challenged them to put their own bill up on the web.  The White House apparently hasn’t gotten the memo that the GOP has been pushing their plan since the fall, and has a bill with full legislative language up on the web for all to see (and a much simpler, cost-effective bill at that). The Obama outline is so sparse and so laughable that some wonder if it is even serious.

In the end, it may not matter.  Few believe that Pelosi has the votes in the House to pass the bill, and that there even is consensus in the Senate to use reconciliation.  Hell, they can’t even decide which chamber will take up the bill first, which remains a major obstacle as the House doesn’t want to get burned by the Senate again by voting for the Senate plan, and the Senate constitutionally can’t take up any bill that raises taxes first. Add to that the fact that reconciliation expires with the passage of a new budget resolution in April, and the Democrats do not have much room to maneuver.

The fact that we’re having this discussion at all shows how tone-deaf the Obama administration is.  They think that passing this bill at all costs is what will save them in November, even though the majority of Americans oppose the bill.  The longer that Obama keeps pushing ObamaCare, and the longer the Senate and House try to maneuver to pass this monstrosity, the worse it will be for them.  I say, keep it up, let them hang themselves.  November can’t come fast enough.

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Ryan February 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm

If the Republicans had ANY brains, they’d listen to Newt Gingrich about Thursday’s “bipartisan” health care summit. He suggests the Republicans show up and immediately ask for 50% of the speaking time, be able to call their own experts up to counter the President’s claims, and even offer the President’s team the choice to go first or second. Then watch the President’ notion of “bipartisanship” whither away on camera before the nuts and bolts are even discussed!

The Dems may “rahm” this thing through anyway (to their detriment of course), but it would be nice for the Party of No to display some guts from time to time.

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