So #MakeAmericaSickAgain is the slogan Democrats cooked up to oppose Republican health-care reform efforts. That’s because, as you may recall, before 2010 America’s streets were strewn with the bodies of the neglected and dead.
Since Democrats are focusing their campaign on the myth that Obamacare is working for most Americans, it’s imperative they create the impression no viable alternative exists.
The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof leaves a blank paragraph in his column to illustrate what a Republican “plan” to replace Obamacare will look like, before indulging in the customary “people will die!” scaremongering.
Now, if by “plan,” Kristof is using the contemporary Left’s definition, meaning a expensive, constricting federal regulatory scheme that forces Americans to participate through a series of mandates, then one hopes Republicans never have a “plan.”
Don’t worry, though; today’s “they have no plan!” is tomorrow’s “that plan is extremist!”
It is worth reiterating that the replacement plan doesn’t have to be conceptually or functionally similar to Obamacare, no matter how often the Paul Krugmans of the world demand it. The comprehensiveness and rigidity of Obamacare are things to avoid. So replacement plans can be passed piecemeal.
Quite so. The GOP always did have ideas, but Obama and the Democrats simply rejected them and in so doing claimed no alternative existed. All a big fat lie, just like the whopper about ObamaCare saving every family $2,500 a year. Or the one about keeping your existing plan and the doctor you liked.
What we got instead was a law requiring everyone to buy an expensive policy with a deductible so high, you’d still end up paying most of the bill out of pocket (and without the sizable discount you’d have gotten had you been uninsured).
The fact is, even simply going back to the way it was before ObamaCare is a plan. Back when having insurance was a voluntary choice and most employers provided some sort of coverage. Was that really so bad?
But costs could’ve been reduced simply by allowing insurers to compete across state lines and limiting the size of punitive damages in malpractice cases. And the truly needy could’ve been given government assistance without the expensive clusterfark of subsidized health exchanges.
The point of the article above is, what really scares the Democrats is that the GOP does have a plan. And that plan is going to be so much better than ObamaCare.
Let’s face it, if the GOP really didn’t have a viable plan and repealing ObamaCare would be a disaster, the Democrats wouldn’t care one bit. They’d just sit back with a wry grin on their faces and wait for the GOP scheme to implode so they could capitalize on public rage.
And that’s why the Democrats will stomp their feet and whine as each layer of ObamaCare is peeled away and discarded. Because they know that nobody will miss it when it’s gone.