So the yearlong production, set to close after Massachusetts’ devastatingly negative January 19 review, saw the curtain raised one last time. Obamacare lives.
After 34 speeches, three sharp electoral rebukes (Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts), and a seven-hour seminar, the president announced Wednesday his determination to make one last push to pass his health-care reform.
The final act was carefully choreographed. The rollout began a week earlier with a couple of shows of bipartisanship: a February 25 Blair House “summit” with Republicans, followed five days later with a few concessions tossed the Republicans’ way.
Show is the operative noun. Among the few Republican suggestions President Obama pretended to incorporate was tort reform. What did he suggest to address the plague of defensive medicine that a Massachusetts Medical Society study showed leads to about 25 percent of doctor referrals, tests, and procedures being done for no medical reason? A few ridiculously insignificant demonstration projects amounting to one-half of one-hundredth of 1 percent of the cost of Obama’s health-care bill.
As for the Blair House seminar, its theatrical quality was obvious even before it began. The Democrats had already decided to go for a purely partisan bill. Obama signaled precisely that intent at the end of the summit show — then dramatically spelled it out just six days later in his 35th health-care speech: He is going for the party-line vote.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not tragedy--it is farce. It is a pie-in-the-face to the American electorate who have been attempting to communicate to a deaf Democratic leadership and a President who has already exceeded (far exceeded) whatever mandate he thought he was given.
This doubling down, full-speed-ahead hysteria on health care is symptomatic of an Administration in complete denial and in the throes of ideological rapture. They believe that the foundation of their leftist
You thought it has been bad the last several years? The shipwreck of the American economy is looming; and when we hit the rocks, Obama and the 'progressive' left will have achieved that age-old utopian dream: we will all be equal...equally poor and miserable, that is.
My own view is that if there is to be a shipwreck, I'd like to see the clueless Democrats who support this 2000+ page insanity go down with their ship--and its Captain.
[Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay]