Monday, March 15, 2010
“ObamaCare…A (One) Man Made Disaster”
by John Alexander Madison
March 15, 2010
You may have imagined from the headline that this week’s remarks would aim criticism on what many believe is a national disaster of catastrophic proportions…the national healthcare plan our President is foisting upon an unwilling public. While I do not want to disappoint you I’ve decided not give in to temptation and indulge you. That would be considered “piling on.”
Across the nation for more than twelve months now Americans have raised their collective voice in outrage over not only the “plan” but the arrogance with which it is being presented. As House Speaker Pelosi (D, CA) recently implored, ‘we must pass this bill quickly so Americans can then read it and see what it’s in it.’ However, I have decided to let others weigh in on this misguided President’s misguided healthcare plan for America.
For starters let’s get Karl Rove’s opinion about the general direction of our 44th President’s programs (London Times, March 2010) “He’s governed too far from the centre of American politics, he’s too out on the left fringe and he ill-prepared the American people for the things he was going to do,” he says. “And he’s weak.”
Ask Charles Krauthammer to weigh in and he says “Not that Obama considers himself divine (He sees himself as merely messianic, or, at worst, apostolic.) But he does position himself as hovering above mere mortals.” (June 12, 2009 Washington Post)
Regarding healthcare Florida Governor Charles Crist has urged, “Don't scrap ObamaCare...but I can't name one part worth keeping. There are three parts of it that I would like to see scrapped: It would raise taxes significantly, it would raise rates significantly and it would take half-a-trillion dollars out of Medicare.” (Feb 28, 2010 Weekly Standard)
Not to be ignored is Ann Coulter who is never shy about sharing her views. Quite clearly, she isn't pleased either, writing: "Bureaucrats at Health and Human Services will electronically collect every citizen's complete medical records and determine appropriate medical care." She continues: "Instead of your treatment being determined by your doctor, it will be settled on by some narcoleptic half-wit in Washington who couldn't get a job in the private sector." (Science Business blog, Feb 18, 2010) Narcolepsy: A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations.
In January, Tony Quain, at TonyQuain.com, wrote an article entitled “Massachusetts Senate Election Proxy for Failed ObamaCare Experiment.” He wrote, “The Massachusetts Senate race is not just a thermometer of how the most liberal state in the country feels about the ObamaCare legislation in Congress; it measures how the most liberal state in the country feels about the closest thing to an experiment of ObamaCare.” And we can add to that analysis the fact that the recent gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia also changed to Republican hands as a further rejection of Osama’s reckless spending and ill-advised policies, with healthcare at the top of the list.
A most alarming scenario in the August 2009 edition of Whistleblower magazine entitled “Medical Murder” described gruesome and depressing detail “why ObamaCare could result in the early deaths of millions of baby boomers.” It described an infected patient lying in a nursing home, on soiled sheets… "attended to by a resentful and underpaid aide taking out their anger (and worse) on you.” This article ends by asking if you find such a situation difficult to imagine then concludes “this is not a fantasy – it is what is already occurring in other 'civilized' nations, including Canada and Britain, that have adopted the same government-run system." In fact, ObamaCare is likened to a “program of age-based medical rationing.” Are you frightened yet, ready to panic?
Senator John Boehner (R-OH) weighed in on February 28th saying “For his part, President Obama comes to the table with the same massive government takeover of health care that the American people have already rejected. In effect, the president’s proposal actually takes the 2,733-page bill that the Senate passed on Christmas Eve and manages to make it worse. Even more Medicare cuts. Even more tax hikes. Plenty of special-interest deals still in place. A trillion-dollar price tag.
“This is the same arrogance and overreaching that the American people are so fed up with. It’s why Massachusetts happened. It’s why Americans waited for hours in the August heat to get into town hall meetings and make sure their voices were heard.
“The president can hold all the summits he wants, but the toothpaste is out of the tube: The American people don’t want this massive government takeover of health care. No summit or speech or sales pitch can fix a fundamentally flawed 2,000-plus-page health care bill that spends money we don’t have and kills the jobs we need to get our economy moving again.
”Let’s listen to the American people and let’s start over.” Senator Boehner’s analysis seems frighteningly on target.
In the words of Democrat Majority leader Congressman Steny Hoyer (D, MD): “No one would vote for ObamaCare if they read the bill.”
Hello, is anybody out there...willing to stop this madness?
According to a recent story being circulated on the internet, a physician named Starner Jones sent a letter to the White House and stated (in part) “Our nation’s healthcare crisis is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a ‘crisis of culture,’ a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one’s self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that ‘I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me.’ Once you fix this ‘culture crisis’ that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you’ll be amazed at how quickly our nation’s health care difficulties will disappear.”
The Heritage Foundation’s March 12, 2010 Morning Bell reported that last week’s Associated Press survey indicated 68 percent of Americans believe the President and Congressional Democrats shouldn’t pass their health care plan without Republican support. Columnist George Will added “the very essence of progressivism sublimates the democratic process to the rule of experts in Washington. No one can say if this bill will finally pass, but if it does, it is abundantly clear that our republican form of government will be permanently damaged by it.”
Any analysis of the Obama, Reid, Pelosi health care plan for America would not be complete without asking Newt Gingrich to weigh in. Gingrich opined last year “ObamaCare is the most corrupt legislation I've seen.”
I could not have said it better myself, Newt.
NOTE: John Alexander Madison is a weekly contributor to The Jeff Crank Show blog site on KVOR radio. He posts every Monday morning. www.jeffcrank.com
The Jeff Crank Show airs every Saturday from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Colorado's KVOR 740 AM and streaming live on KVOR.com. Jeff is a fiscal and social conservative who's commentary, opinion and guests help lead the way in conservative talk radio in Colorado Springs and beyond.