President Obama’s New and Compelling Health Care “Reform” Argument: “Shut Up!”
Explaining his signature policy initiative, President Obama laid out a compelling argument for nationalizing 15% of the nations economy. It turns out, we should nationalize because… shut up.
“I don’t want the folks who created the mess do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”
But wait just a hot second! I thought that we were in imminent danger of gremlins whose most earnest desire was for us to do nothing? Now, it seems we face great peril from people who want to do too much. Either way, I think I just scored a straw-man bingo!
Seemingly oblivious to the notion of doublespeak, President Obama made his enthralling “shut up” comments just mere moments after pretending that he gave a damn about inviting dissenting opinions into the discourse. “We want to make sure that we listen to other people’s ideas. We’re going to bring labor and business together,” he said. Unless, he continued, you don’t agree with me. And by ‘labor and business’, I mean the SEIU and my administration.
So which one is it? Are we under threat of advancing Do Nothing Gremlins, or are we under assault from people who want to opine too much?
A better question may be: if the dreaded Bushitler had told leftists after the 2004 election not to do too much talking, is there any doubt that the media and leftist blogs would have erupted with a wailing and gnashing of teeth that would still be reverberating to this very day? I imagine the Bush/Hitler comparisons would have really kicked in to high gear at that point.
For the record, if the president feels it necessary to tell the people who ‘created’ the mess to shut up, he need look no further than leftist Democrats. Overweening government is the reason why there is any problem whatsoever with health care. Medicaid and Medicare are rife with inefficiencies, fraud, waste, and abuse; Democrats are owned by trial lawyers, effectively putting any meaningful tort reform off the table; and federally mandated insurance minimums and inter-state barriers to increased competition have the practical effect of locking people into insurance plans that simply don’t fit their wants and needs as well as they could.
Some of this was pointed out as recently as yesterday by Charles Krauthammer, who highlights a two-point plan that sounds eerily like what conservatives have been proposing for health care reform for quite some time. Krauthammer’s plan has two points. Point number one? You guessed it–tort reform!
Abolish the entire medical-malpractice system. Create a new social pool from which people injured in medical errors or accidents can draw. The adjudication would be done by medical experts, not lay juries giving away lottery prizes at the behest of the liquid-tongued John Edwardses who pocket a third of the proceeds.
As Krauthammer himself later goes on to point out, punishment for negligence and malpractice shouldn’t focus on punitive damaged that are passed on to blameless consumers, but rather on revocation of medical licenses. Doctors may shrink at the though of being sued for exorbitant sums of money that will drive up their malpractice insurance, but they can always toil under the assumption that they will make infinitely more money over the course of a lifetime. Revocation of a medical license, on the other hand, renders years of costly training and education ultimately worthless.
Sounds suspiciously like doing something, doesn’t it?
Now we have it out of the mouth of the president himself. Finally, can we put to rest the notion that there are sinister hordes of Do Nothing Gremlins standing in the way of progress?
*”Math is icky” courtesy of Snark. And Boobs.