I watched an interview Greta did last night with some House member, a republican, who has been trying since August to meet with BO about healthcare reform. He’s sent numerous letters via snail mail, numerous emails, made numerous calls. And got nothing back. Nothing at all. Not even an acknowledgment. After BO’s “my door is always open to all” speech before the joint session (better known for the “you lie!” statement made by a patriot member of Congress), this same House member sent yet another series of requests to meet with BO about healthcare. Turns out this guy has been in the medical profession for a quarter of a century AND he’s a lawmaker on Capitol Hill. Gee, isn’t this just the sort of thing the pre-election BO claimed he’d welcome? The viewpoint of someone not only across the aisle but actually knowledgeable about the issue at hand? Do you think that this guy got his audience with the liar in chief? Nope. So I began to wonder why.
It’s time, I think, to reframe this whole healthcare “debate.” We on the right are looking at this all wrong. While we know that there are issues with our healthcare system, that it’s flawed, imperfect, and that it could be better, we need to understand that what is happening now is not about healthcare. Not even the tiniest little wee bit. Seriously. They’re not “wrong” or “stubborn” or “partisan.” They are not in the least interested in reforming our existing system (what “reform” means), they are interested in completely taking it over and rebuilding it as a nationalized, government-run system. And yes, we know that. We’ve all been saying that for ages, but the bottom line is that it’s not about compassion and being neighborly, and it’s absolutely NOT about healthcare. It is not about lowering costs. It is not about covering more people. This is about amassing government control of our economy. It’s about money. It’s about power. If we continue to let the discussion center on the wrong thing, we’ll lose. We are losing.
We keep responding by offering common sense solutions to the healthcare “crisis,” but these fall on deaf ears and are ignored and even denied (how often have we heard that republicans offer no solutions, want the status quo, etc.?). We keep responding by objecting to publicly-funded abortions (which I vehemently oppose) or by complaining about cuts to Medicare, objecting to the lumping of more fiscal responsibility on the states to cover the expanded Medicaid program, and/or by arguing against the government takeover on the grounds that it is too expensive (it is), that it won’t do what they say it will (it won’t), or that it will mean higher premiums and taxes and fines for all (it will). But here’s the rub, they know all this. It’s not that they don’t care, it’s that in order to achieve their goal, they need to ensure that we are taxed, fined, even jailed into subservience and complete domination by the government.
This is not about lowering costs, covering more people, or even about healthcare at all. Not one tiny bit. If it were, there are a least six things we can do right now (not in three or four years) that will make a huge difference, expand coverage, lower costs, provide “security” for already insured or under-insured Americans, etc. And they wouldn’t cost a fraction of a complete restructuring of our healthcare system, with its myriad government bureaucracies, panels, commissions, committees, and layers of red tape. But these are not even being considered. At all. Why?
Because the goal is to take over one sixth of the economy, period. It could as easily be the banking industry, the car industry, the student loan industry, the newspaper industry, public radio . . . oh, wait, those have all been taken over already (the last two are in the works, still, but that’s what’s going to happen). See? We are missing the boat completely by even entertaining this as healthcare “reform.” We are asking the wrong questions and spending our time flailing ineffectually at smoke.
They’re not thinking about healthcare, costs, or covering more people, so why do we keep getting sucked into the sideshow? If they wanted to lower costs or cover more people, there are quite a few things that they could do for a quarter of the money and that wouldn’t screw up coverage for the 253.4 MILLION Americans who have coverage that they like (and this number goes up every single year, more and more people are being covered, not fewer, at least not before this economic nightmare that BO and his horde have, I believe, exacerbated to instill in us blind fear and panic, allowing them to do anything at all in the hopes that they’ll “fix” it. This tactic has been used throughout history by unethical, power-hungry tyrants, and it’s being used on us now.). Claiming that government-run healthcare is the answer, the ONLY answer, is typical liberal thinking.
Tug the heart-strings, claim high moral ground, and then use that to oppress and control the masses. It’s like saying that welfare is about helping poor people. Of course it’s not. It’s about keeping poor people of all races on the democratic voting rolls and ensuring that they have no voice (that they aren’t told to have) and that they have no prospects to better themselves. It’s about power. And money. Who gets wealthy from these wonderful programs that are supposed to lift up the underprivileged? Who has built up multi-million dollar bank accounts and live in mansions? Certainly not the people supposedly being helped. It’s how liberals work. How many people ever go OFF welfare? How many people ever go OFF food stamps? Not too many, and when they do, they are held up as “amazing stories” and “miraculous” and “inspirational.” You know why? Because they did it, literally, against all odds. The deck is stacked against the poor getting ahead or improving their socio-economic circumstance, and that’s how the libs like it. Is it a coincidence that the number of people who do not pay income tax (they are too poor) has continually risen over the past fifty years? That under BO, the welfare rolls have undergone a “sharp increase”? Why is that? If the goal is to provide opportunity and help people get ahead, why isn’t it working? Why is the exact opposite happening? It’s not rocket science here: these programs are not designed to help people. If they were, their rolls would not expand each and every year. If they were, the expanding welfare rolls would prompt serious discussion about what’s not working and what can be done. Notice the silence?
The bigger the government is, the more people dependent on the government, the better they can wield that power and control. And what better way to get people dependent on the government than to take over the banking, auto, student loan, media, and healthcare industries? Seriously? No conservative could ever be a fascist or a totalitarian dictator because one of the dearest-held conservative beliefs is in limiting government. Limited government means less power for those in government and less control over the people. This entire administration’s agenda is about expanding power, increasing government control over the masses, and restricting liberty. Healthcare is a red herring, an illusion, a means to an end, and if we keep trying to grasp onto that, we’re going to lose far more than our doctor.