Thursday, July 23, 2009

Obama Says He Can Wait Until Fall for Health Care "Overhaul"

In a pretty clear indication that The Messiah's powers of persuasion just aren't what they used to be, the overhaul of the health care system that absolutely had to happen yesterday is off at least until fall -- and he's all of a sudden okay with that:

President Obama on Thursday brushed off the news that Congress was putting the brakes on his health care reform push, saying it's "OK" if lawmakers need additional time to work out complex details of the package.

That was after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said for the first time that the Senate will not vote on the legislation until after the August recess. "It's better to have a product based on quality and thoughtfulness rather than try to jam something through," Reid said.

The decision means Congress will not meet Obama's ambitious goal for both chambers to pass out a bill by the summer break.

Well, well, well. Whatever happened to "we are closer than ever before to the reform that the American people need, and we're going to get the job done" and other more strident rhetoric? It met with strong opposition from rational Democrats (I know this is an oxymoron for the most part) who are being reminded of the facts by millions of their constituents:

1. The Messiah is pushing hard for a bill that he hasn't even read.

2. The Messiah claims this massive outlay is "revenue neutral" out of one side of his mouth and admits he doesn't know exactly how it will be funded out of the other side of his mouth.

3. The Messiah claims that the health care plan he hasn't even read will "cut costs" even though no government health plan to date has ever met a budget and in fact every one of them is bankrupt and running trillions in unfunded liabilities.

4. Given the facts in #3, there is no rational reason to believe that the world's biggest entitlement program -- national health care for 300+ million people -- will do anything other than run massively over budget, run up trillions in unfunded liabilities and end up bankrupting us all.

5. The Messiah is creating all of this uproar and turmoil claiming that we have a health care crisis when, in fact 80+% of Americans are happy with their coverage and happy with the quality of their care.

6. The free market and what remains of the free market in health care in 2009 is chiefly responsible for making the American health care system the best in the world. Turning it into a larger version of the British and Canadian health care systems at a cost of trillions and trillions of dollars makes absolutely no sense.

7. Obama was pushing Congress to get this passed early next month exactly because the whole plan makes no sense and if people actually find out how nutty it is, they will sink the plan. We knew, others found out, and we sank the plan -- for now.

Obama failed last night not only because he did a lousy job, but because we did a good job of opposing this massive assault on our liberties and our rights to obtain health care in the beat health care system in the world created and sustained in a quasi-free market. Just because he failed in ram-rodding this plan that he hasn't even read through by the August recess doesn't mean he won't be back at it just as hard in September. This has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with Obama's legacy and control over society. We have to re-group and fight just as hard after the break as we did before to stop this massive assault on our liberties.

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