John on November 27, 2009 at 11:06 am
Strange bedfellows, as you’ll see in a moment. First up, Charles Krauthammer whose column today takes this line:
The bill is irredeemable. It should not only be defeated. It should be immolated, its ashes scattered over the Senate swimming pool.
One solution he endorses is selling insurance across state lines:
Some states have very few health insurers. Rates are high. So why not allow interstate competition? After all, you can buy oranges across state lines. If you couldn’t, oranges would be extremely expensive in Wisconsin, especially in winter.
And the answer to the resulting high Wisconsin orange prices wouldn’t be the establishment of a public option â€” a federally run orange-growing company in Wisconsin â€” to introduce “competition.” It would be to allow Wisconsin residents to buy Florida oranges.
But neither bill lifts the prohibition on interstate competition for health insurance. Because this would obviate the need â€” the excuse â€” for the public option, which the left wing of the Democratic party sees (correctly) as the royal road to fully socialized medicine.
Yes indeed. Now have a look at what Howard Dean is saying:
I would vote to kill this bill if it does not have a public option, because that is doing harm to the nation…This is a harmful bill to the nation without a public option, because it’s going to take trillions of dollars, billions, well, trillions over several decades from our kids. The Republicans are right about the rhetoric of the bill. But if you get reform, you can fix it.
Click over and listen to his full comments. He makes it very clear that the public option is the only thing in the bill worth saving and that’s only because they can “fix it” later.
Just to put this in perspective, we now have a former Democratic Senator (Lieberman) saying he will kill the bill if it includes the public option and a former head of the DNC (Dean) saying we should kill the bill unless it contains a public option.
This is the whole debate, folks. And yet the MSM refuses to tell their readers why. The answer of course is the single-payer two-step.
What is going to take to get someone at the Washington Post or the NY Times to do an honest report on this?
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