Morgen on July 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm
I debated whether to even bother posting this video, because I doubt there are any readers of this blog who aren’t already aware that the public plan “option” was conceived by Democrats as a backdoor strategy to move the country towards government run healthcare. However, Krugman took it upon himself to attack our friends at the Heritage Foundation earlier this week, accusing them of citing false information and flatly calling them a “propaganda shop”. Karl over at Patterico does a superb job refuting Krugman’s post, and exposes another important myth of ObamaCare in the process. Check it out. (I’ll just add that if you have to cite Jacob Hacker in support of your position, as Krugman does, you’ve already lost all credibility.)
And speaking of propaganda, conservatives are not the ones who have crafted and promoted a strategy for health reform based on lies and deceit. Here’s Krugman in a column published in the NY Times on June 5, 2009:
The “public option”, if it materializes, will be just that â€” an option Americans can choose. And the reason for providing this option was clearly laid out in Mr. Obama’s letter: It will give Americans “a better range of choices, make the health care market more competitive, and keep the insurance companies honest.”
And now here is Krugman, just 2 weeks later, speaking to a small audience of progressive activists in NJ:
“…the only reason not to do [single-payer] is that politically it’s hard to do in one step…You’d have to convince people to completely give up the insurance they have, whereas something that let’s people keep the insurance they have but then offers the option of a public plan, that may evolve into single-payer, but you can do it politically…”
There it is in a nutshell. Thank you Paul Krugman, economic adviser to the President, and eminent columnist for the New York Times, for filling us in on what’s really going on. Maybe one of these days someone in the mainstream media will enlighten the public on what so many prominent Democrats seem to have no problem admitting behind closed doors.
In the meantime, I have to admit a degree of frustration with Republicans in Congress for not doing more to highlight and expose the Democrats’ underhanded strategy with this. It seems like a pretty straight-forward point for them to make: why should we trust any version of the public plan given the Democrats’ transparent intent to deceive the public with this? If Republicans don’t do more to go on the offensive with this I fear that the Democrats along with their willing partners in the media may have success portraying Republicans as obstructionists as we get closer to the final legislation being drafted.
If anyone has any GOP contacts, or other ideas for getting more visibility on this, I welcome your input and suggestions.
Update: Forgot to link to an insightful piece by Will Wilkinson at the Cato Institute, where he cites some of our material to further expose the public plan for the ruse that it is. Also, be sure to check out his column at The Week where he makes a compelling case that the Democrats’ deceit over the public plan is masking the real debate we should be having over liberty and fundamental rights.