Morgen on January 27, 2010 at 1:48 am
A couple of months ago John came up with the great idea of writing an allegory for the battle over healthcare reform based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Unfortunately we got bogged down in trying to figure out who would represent the various characters in the story, and so it was never finished. With Scott Brown’s improbable victory in Massachusetts, and the liberal vision for healthcare reform now all but dead, I was inspired to put together a video commemorating the efforts of all those who have stood up against the government takeover of health care this past year. Sometimes truth really is more incredible than fiction:
I just want to add a couple of things. The downside to singling out specific blogs and media personalities is that it is impossible to name them all. Many, MANY, other great blogs, media figures, activists, organizations, and citizens of all stripes are equally – and in some cases even more – deserving of credit for their efforts. This video is dedicated to everyone who stood up for liberty and fiscal responsibility, and against all odds, brought the liberal dream of government-centered healthcare to the brink of defeat.
Also, to those on the other side of the political spectrum, no doubt many of you view this ideological battle in much the same terms, but in reverse. I want to make it clear that I do not think the President or liberal Democrats in general have malevolent intentions with their vision for our healthcare system. There is nothing commendable about the most egregious practices of insurance companies, such as the recision of policies or unreasonable denial of reimbursement or care. Contrary to the President’s oft-stated claim, most conservatives who oppose his plan are not defenders of the status quo. But we cannot and will not accept reform at the expense of individual liberty. Nor will we accept a plan which will lead us to financial ruin by instituting massive new government entitlement programs.
Good intentions or not, the ultimate outcome of the President’s sweeping agenda for health reform would have been disastrous. Hopefully the President will use the State of the Union address to reset expectations, and initiate a genuine bi-partisan effort to enact less ambitious, but critically needed legislation to reform the insurance markets and reduce the growth rate of healthcare spending. Especially within the federal government.
It seems, however, that the President has chosen another path. In which case the battle over ObamaCare is not quite over.