Trying to Sell ObamaCare
With Social Security and Medicare already off the rails, trying to add another big entitlement doesn't pass the smell test for most people. (Also read Ron Radosh: The Lieberman-Dean Imbroglio)
December 16, 2009 - 12:10 am
President Barack Obama and the legions of the left who helped elect him thought they had a sure thing with a plan to make Americans dependent on Europe-style health care. After all, wasn’t the president’s election a historic game-changer that would clear the way for the transfer state the “progressives” have been longing for? Single-payer health care has always been the Holy Grail among those who think of the people as wards of the government and of the economy as its provisional extension, and Obamacare was to be a giant step in that direction.
But a funny thing happened on the way toward realization of this grand vision. After the interest groups (read: profit-making root of all evil) got on board with the president and the left-led Congress, the people (stupid ingrates!) increasingly balked. As usual, the seers of the left were flummoxed. If the money changers at the temple of government had been artfully neutralized (or just plain overawed by the size of the Democrats’ majorities), and if it’s widely acknowledged that the present system has grave flaws, how could the people have misunderstood their own best interests so badly as to reject the benign hand of the future U.S. Health Service?
Maybe the liberals didn’t see this setback coming because they still believe in the proudest creation of the New Deal, Social Security. But many Americans — particularly younger ones — don’t. In fact, poll after poll has shown widespread doubt that Social Security will be there for today’s workers when they retire, even though Uncle Sam regularly sweeps large amounts out of their paychecks to fund it.
If you don’t believe in Social Security — and if you believe that Medicare, another great coup of the entitlement mindset, is another intergenerational Ponzi scheme — then you’re unlikely to think that a government that’s straining to sustain two massive obligations should be adding a third.