So I’m watching Fox last night, and this libbie (I can’t remember who it was and only vaguely think it may have been on O’Reilly’s show. Sigh. I really am past my prime. Anyway, this libbie) was hammering the same tired line about how Americans just don’t understand the vision and wisdom of the great and magnificent
Oz BO. His proof? That when polled (I do remember waiting to hear which poll he meant, but he didn’t say. Of course.), Americans oppose the healthcare reform bills in Congress, but when each item is taken out and asked separately, the American people generally agreed with the proposal. Eureka! Americans want the government to take over healthcare in this country . . . they just don’t know it. Um. How’s that again?
Americans do think that there is need for reform in our healthcare system. We do think that something should be done to cover more people, to stop “pre-existing conditions” being used as a way of weaseling out of covering people, to stop unfair practices (like charging women more), to reign in costs, & etc. That’s not news. That’s fact. We’ve been saying it for over a year. The fact that we want all this does not, however, automatically translate to our wanting the government to fix it, to there being only one way to fix it. That’s crazy liberal thinking, a bizarre ability that only liberals can seem to master of taking 2 adding it to 2 and coming up with the government taking over, and that’s exactly why, or part of why, they keep pushing. They understand that we want something done in healthcare, but what they fail to understand is that government is not the answer. The inability to “get it,” to understand what is happening, is not on the people. It’s on the progs, this Congress, and this administration. We are not stupid. They are.
That’s why this healthcare summit is going to be such a joke. The dems are coming in with their agenda all planned out (and posted already on the internet), and they’re going to throw a couple of bones at the reps in an effort to force them to either accept the crap legislation to “save face” (gee, we don’t want to be the party of no, we want to work with you, reach a compromise) or to reject it, be labeled partisan (and numerous other things we’ve all heard a zillion times), and painted as forcing the dems to use reconciliation to pass the monstrosity (the I didn’t want to hit you, you made me do it excuse of abusers everywhere).
And that’s why “bipartisanship” with these loony tune progs, any attempt at it on this issue, is a mistake. They have a plan, and while they may not want to stop short of single-payer or the public option, they will. They’ve said it. If they can’t get the whole hog, they’ll settle for the starter home. BO says that it could take twenty or so years to achieve his goal of a single-payer system. This is not what Americans want. This is what the polls mean when the numbers who oppose the bills are high while the numbers who want some kind of reform are also high. It’s not inconsistency, it’s not stupidity; it’s simply that we are Americans, and we see there is a problem that needs to be addressed, and as Americans, we want AMERICAN solutions. Solutions that are based not in the government running everything but in the free market, in competition, in expanding individual choices and freedoms. This can be accomplished without handing over a huge chunk of our economy (what’s left of it) and (still more of) our liberty to the federal government, but solving the problems in our healthcare system is not the goal for progs. If it were, there would be a willingness, even an eagerness, to work with reps to address cost and coverage, but that is not on the table. It’s not even in the same room with the table. The progs have their own agenda, and it has nothing at all to do with care, cost, or the Constitution.