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President Obama’s New and Compelling Health Care “Reform” Argument: “Shut Up!”

August 8, 2009

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!

Because math is icky and arguing is hard!

Because math is icky and arguing is hard!

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.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2009 4:59 pm

    the notion of labor and business is not commonly played. For the notion, you could play labor and business using sinister hordes. They can claim insurance plans before making the practical effect.

  2. August 8, 2009 6:57 pm

    Oh, too bad that good people are so easily manipulated!

    If you don’t know who Rick Scott is then you don’t know who is duping you. This is the false prophet. Scott is the money-changer you let into your temple. Scott is a big health care CEO (whose company by the way was fined $1.7 BILLION) who is financing the disruption of the town hall meetings. He is the temptor who has cause you to stumble into the gospel of hatred for your fellow man. His “salvation” (money) is to get you to serve corporate profits instead of your fellow man.

    One Master said “Feed my sheep,” “As ye do to the least of these my brothers, you do unto me.” Perhaps you can appreciate how that would be served by universal health care?
    The other “master” says, “shout them down,” and “voice your anger.” Does that really serve your mission to be the spreader of the Good News?

    I truly feel sorry for good-hearted people who have been drawn into the hatred of political extremism and who honestly think they are serving Christ, when in fact they are serving corporate lobbyists. What a shame!

    Check it out: http://thinkprogress.org/2009/08/06/rick-scott-sanchez/

    • michaeldiles permalink*
      August 8, 2009 10:16 pm

      Thank you for offering intelligent, respectful dissent.

      Looking across the blogosphere at HuffPo, Think Progress, and after having watched the Rick Sanchez interview of Rick Scott, I think there’s a huge non-sequitur being foisted on you. The great “Rick Scott” conspiracy seems to go like this: 1) He’s rich, made a few television ads, published a book so therefore 2) he must be conducting an astroturf campaign.

      Huh?

      There’s no evidence linking him to any town hall protest. Let that sink in. None. Think Progress has taken two disparate bits of info and strung them together without regard for evidence linking them. I might also add that anything posted to Think Progress is so dubious in nature as to require the highest level of skepticism. They could publish a report that the sky is blue and I would literally walk out my front door for fear that it had turned orange.

      Note that no one takes issue with his 7 Liberal Myths About Health Care, for example. The counter argument to Scott is “He’s rich and a hospital he once worked for paid a fine”. I’m not necessarily a Scott fan, but until approximately two days ago, I’d barely ever heard of the man. His existence also comes as a shock to town hall protesters who haven’t heard of the man, aren’t paid anything to attend (unlike SEIU and ACORN employees), and don’t give a hoot about the man.

      It’s a little discouraging that a Christian has read my blog and somehow divined that my principles boil down to “hating my fellow man”. I give your side the benefit of the doubt–you want better health care. Got it. Understand it, but don’t agree with how you want to go about it. It doesn’t mean you’re evil, just wrong. Nationalized plans such as the one you advocate inexorably lead to rationing and arbitrariness at the expense of the individual and individual freedom. Governments that are vested with this sort of power inexorably tend toward despotism. At no time in history has the sort of ideas the president put forth worked worth a damn.

      As for your Biblical references, I note that nowhere did Christ ever condone socialized medicine; nor did He allude to any principle that would lead one to believe He would be a fan of the idea. The onus for accepting personal salvation, for example, is on the individual. If you read the parable of the talents, however, you will find that at least in some sense He encourages thriftiness, diligence, and wise investment. Note your reference is void of any reference to the STATE being responsible to “feed my sheep”. Charity that is compulsory is not charity in the Biblical sense or in any other sense, for that matter.

      I appreciate the comments. Please come back and read again.

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