Why the Democrats Should Call It 'KennedyCare'
Politicizing Senator Kennedy's death by renaming the sinking health care bill in his honor seems to be an excellent way to memorialize the man, and I hope the Democrats do just that. The health care legislation, now heavy with miseries like the public option, Medicare cuts for the elderly, and invasive information gathering on American citizens, will either be:
1) Eviscerated to appease moderates, which will make the bill simply about saving President Obama's bacon -- something that Senator Kennedy would do if still alive.
2) Pushed through the House and Senate with its current language to satisfy the statist progressive impulse which certainly drove Teddy Kennedy. Only problem? Because of a law that Senator Kennedy made specifically to benefit Democrats in Massachusetts, there won't be a 60th senator to overcome filibusters in the Senate because a quick Democrat fill-in won't be appointed. There has to be a special election. If the Democrats still want to pass this turd of a law, they'll have to fool with rules to do it. How fitting!
Or the legislation might not pass at all, and this newly named Kennedy bill will stand as a monument to the free-market desires of the American people. It will also signal an end of the advancement of the state. That is, if it fails.
All in all, no matter how this legislation ends up in terms of content or fate, it's a towering pile of doo-doo and it will be decided in the Senate. Why not name it for Senator Kennedy? Either way, pass or fail, the bill symbolizes everything that Senator Kennedy represented.
It should also be noted that Senator Kennedy, like all fabulously wealthy people, had nothing to gain or lose with this legislation. This law, should it pass, will be for the great unwashed masses subjected to government-run health care because their businesses will save money with the public option. Senators, as the Democrats voted in committee, will still get their own special plan.
Senator Kennedy would not have been beholden to his namesake legislation. He would still have gone to the best hospitals for care -- maybe on some Caribbean island at some point as doctors and innovative health care providers look for cheaper, less regulated ways to deliver stellar care. No one likes to be sick and in the hospital now. It would be abominably insulting for a bigwig to be a number in a line in a hallway in a crumbling hospital with an imported doctor, waiting for eight hours to eight days. A rich person can go to prison for that kind of care today. Under KennedyCare, he would get on a private jet and go find the care he's accustomed to receiving.