The Worth of a Life to the Federal GovernmentThe President spent no small amount of time last night selling fiction to the American people, namely the fiction that "universal" health care can be provided while cutting costs and making the plan deficit-neutral. There is a way to do this, and that would be to deny care to many Americans, especially those with critical, chronic, or cancerous conditions. At the very least, such citizens may be made to wait forever for the treatment and drugs they need. As a person with a disability, I find this especially frightening-and if you don't believe that could happen, it is happening in Britain under the National Health Service today, and it could happen here if the President's plan (the bill he hasn't read) passes.
Even more bizarre is Barack Obama's attempt to blame Republicans for the fact that the American people are on to his plan-or lack of one-and they don't like it in the least. The Democrats have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, they have nearly a super-majority in the House, but the President's plan is in in trouble (thank God) because 51 Blue Dog Democrats are actually listening to the people in Middle America and saying that this plan as presented is not acceptable. Republicans can criticize and critique all we like, but we do not have enough votes in Congress to stop the lead Democratic bill. If the legislation is to be drastically changed or altogether halted, only Democrats can make that happen in a temporary coalition to defeat their own Leadership.
Perhaps most telling was this line from the President's news conference:
"This isn't about me," he said. "I have great health insurance, and so does every member of Congress. This debate is about the letters I read when I sit in the Oval Office every day, and the stories I hear at town-hall meetings...This debate is not a game for these Americans, and they cannot afford to wait for reform any longer."
Mr. President, if the health care plan that you are proposing for the American people is so fine, it ought to be good enough for you and good enough for the Congress. If it is not good enough for you, it shouldn't be forced on us either.
There is a reason the President is in such a hurry, and that is because he knows that if the political trends continue, he will lose the ability to pass anything on this issue in the next Congress. He and the extreme Left are on a political kamikaze mission to make the population as dependent on the federal government as possible before any election intervenes to stop it.
How much is my life or yours worth to the federal government? We may be about to find out.