Remember when the Democrats tried to ram revolutionary changes in the world’s best health care system through Congress before the August recess? Which is to say, before anyone noticed? That failed only because of a popular revolt against an ill-considered bill that no one in Congress had actually read.
But what was the hurry in the first place? Why, even now, are the Democrats talking about ignoring customary rules and procedures in the Senate and approving the health care bill–as yet unwritten–through the reconciliation process? The Democrats tell us that we Americans are experiencing a health care crisis so acute that the normal rules don’t apply.
At The Corner, Stephen Spruiell notes these poll data from Pew:
The point is obvious: where is the crisis? Spruiell sums up the situation so perfectly that all one can do is quote him:
The percentage of respondents citing health care as a major national problem stays flat and low until the Democrats put forward a bill that:
Forces young and healthy people to purchase a product, health insurance, that they don’t want; and
Threatens people who are happy with their employer-provided care with being dumped into a government-run plan that the president himself has analogized to the U.S. Postal Service.
This is to say nothing of the hundreds of billions it would add to the deficit, the prospect of higher taxes, or the comments of various Obamacare supporters that it is a paving stone on the road to single-payer. No wonder more people are citing “health care” as a major national problem: Democrats are trying to make it one with a solution that is worse than the relatively minor problems we need to solve.