Skip to comments.The Right Approach to ObamaCare [blending Cruz and Krauthammer]
Posted on 10/26/2013 1:15:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
......"ObamaCare, however, has this fundamental difference from those "third rail" entitlement programs: it hurts many Americans from the very beginning.....
Moreover,the shift is not even the odious "redistribution of wealth,"in which a relativity small number of productive voters are ordered to support a larger number of unproductive voters under the banner of "social justice." Instead of a "redistribution of wealth," ObamaCare is almost a "redistribution of health." So relatively poor voters are compelled, in some instances,to support relatively affluent voters -- and to do so not at some distant future date, but right now.
............It is imperative that Republicans continue to shout at every opportunity that ObamaCare is exclusively a Democrat scheme, which Republicans will repeal as soon as they have the votes in Congress. At the same time,Republicans should coalesce around an alternative free-market health care reform which lowers costs by allowing interstate health insurance competition, allows any drug which has been in use in other modern industrial nations to be cleared for use in America, and taxes 95% of all medical malpractice legal fees above $500,000. (These are simply ideas for what might go into the Republican plan.)
As ObamaCare causes frustration and anger, fear and despair,and as it drives health care providers out of private practice,Republicans should refuse to tinker with this obamination and should, instead,insist upon its utter obliteration. Public wailing will come fast,because the left itself has moved from the New Deal/Great Society sort of heroin pusher into an ideology which really doesn't care if people are happy or not.
Against this sort of dehumanized leftism, both Senator Cruz and Dr. Krauthammer are right, although in different ways. Opposition should be absolute and unqualified, but if the left intends to infuriate most of America and we cannot stop it,then let the left,having sown the wind, reap the whirlwind.
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Lemme say, Bruce, I think we can do without your condescension. Krauthammer is the darling of the moment, but he got his start because his family played MahJong with the Partisan Review and was extremely well-connected with the Kristols, Podhortetz.
Now look at Cruz, who doesn't seem prone to the Icky Shudders.
Krauthammer is pro-choice, pro-same sex marriage, a hawk like Bill Kristol, disconnected from Judeo-Christianity, and in all things given to appeasement and great cocktail party bull sessions.
Cruz is isolated from a supportive Beltway clutch.
I really dislike seeing the two compared, and do not accept that Krauthammer has anything to offer Cruz!!!
Actually, I downright resent it.
He sees them as 2 pieces of the big “picture” puzzle - how we need to push loudly (bright lines) to roll back Obamacare, while simultaneously working on free market healthcare reforms to lower costs, which would include, interstate competition, drugs (pharmaceuticals) cleared for use, and a “95% tax on medical malpractice fees.”
Nobody cares or listens, no matter how prettily Krauthammer says the words.
This is a vicious, dangerous power grab. What we need are fighters with courage. I don't see much of that coming from Krauthammer, who likes being a pet conservative of the liberals. Heaven help us from a "conservative" who needs the approval of progressives. Those are a dime a dozen.
I've heard Cruz speak and he's a brilliant debater, and he doesn't need to cast about for the biggest word to use to impress everyone.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong from accepting good ideas from Krauthammer, who may be somewhat inconsistent but is very good when he’s good. I doubt that Cruz would object to it, either. I don’t think Cruz is on an Obama-style power trip and I think that a combination of staunch opposition to Obamacare now (promise to repeal it!) and a road map forward are not only advisable but necessary.
How are we going to convince people to get rid of it, now that it has destroyed our existing health care and insurance system , unless we offer plans to deal with the chaos and personal suffering left in the wake of Obamacare?
Obama care is not a redistribution of health, it will destroy health care for all but the rich who can afford to go where real Doctors are practicing and pay for it with cash.
I watched the hour long special on Faux last night and was amused when Krauthammer commented on the conversation he had with George Wills as they struggled with defining what political philosophy obama followed.
Did he sway to the left, did he sway to the right or was he a centrist? (paraphrase)
After the country had already seen he was just a community activist at heart, they had to noodle over what his political views were?
What they were really saying is, as journalists, what do we convey to the public about him.