Appearance of Retreat in ObamaCare Chaos

The media herd stampeded to this latest twist:  Maybe the President and Democratic leaders in Congress would accept so-called “reform” without the so-called “public option.”ObamaCare

In a mish-mash  of ambiguous, conflicting announcements, policy statements and legislative text the public option has, at least, been consistent.  The government would own and operate a new health insurance company.

Now, the President and his mouthpieces seem to indicate, through cryptic responses to questions and ambiguous phrases in speeches, that they might accept a sweeping overhaul of health insurance and health care service delivery without a public option, especially if it includes “co-ops.”

When asked for the details on co-ops, the politicians’ rhetoric spirals down to the meaningless platitudes we’ve heard for weeks regarding most other details.

Obama’s  assertion that with some 1,300 health insurance companies in the US there isn’t enough competition, that the government must step in with competitor #1,301 is absurd.  The real purpose of the public option is to set in place the bureaucratic infrastructure to facilitate evolution to Canadian style, government run,  “single payer” health care.

Some variation on one of the following will likely replace the public option as currently described in pending legislation:

  • A co-op that will be founded, funded, and run by government with the promise that sometime in the future ownership will be transferred to insured customers.  This will be the original public option with a different paint job.
  • Legislation will include the bureaucratic infrastructure to roll out  a public option, without immediate authority to do so, with that authority coming later, most likely as an amendment to unrelated legislation.

We who value liberty over the false promise of unlimited, low cost, high quality medical services for everyone, through a brilliant, beneficent bureaucracy, must not assume the appearance of a tactical retreat is the defeat of government health care.  We must relentlessly oppose any health care overhaul now being considered in Congress.

Instead, health care should be issue number one in the 2010 Congressional election campaign.  Candidates should be forced to state their positions in unambiguous, detailed language.

1 Comment so far

  1. Drew on August 19th, 2009

    Now its Wednesday, and the public option is back.

    If you didn’t know any better you’d think this Administration is filled with malleable boobs, making it up as they go along and with no core convictions.

    If you didn’t know any better.