Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Paglia on Obamacare

Even members of the hoard of "journalists" who drove Obama in to the White House are starting to recognize the lunacy of his push for socialized medicine. One such supporter is Camille Paglia, who consistently wrote in support of Obama for many months before he was elected and even still swoons over various Obama actions. But even for Paglia, Obama's health care proposals are scary. Note what she writes:

I must confess my dismay bordering on horror at the amateurism of the White House apparatus for domestic policy. When will heads start to roll? I was glad to see the White House counsel booted, as well as Michelle Obama's chief of staff, and hope it's a harbinger of things to come. Except for that wily fox, David Axelrod, who could charm gold threads out of moonbeams, Obama seems to be surrounded by juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys.

Case in point: the administration's grotesque mishandling of healthcare reform, one of the most vital issues facing the nation. Ever since Hillary Clinton's megalomaniacal annihilation of our last best chance at reform in 1993 (all of which was suppressed by the mainstream media when she was running for president), Democrats have been longing for that happy day when this issue would once again be front and center.

But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises -- or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom I used to admire for her smooth aplomb under pressure, has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down.

There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama's aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.

You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you're happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.

I just don't get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.

As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support. How is it possible that Democrats, through their own clumsiness and arrogance, have sabotaged healthcare reform yet again? Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn't conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it's the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan -- it's the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.

HT: Jeff


Phantom495 said...

Wow! Is is a good sign that a media person as liberal a Paglia tends to be has become disenchanted with his policies (she even lambasted the porkulus bill), and even more importantly with Pelosi and her band of thugs! I am not jumping for joy yet, but she does make some good points.

No matter what, God is Sovereign! Whew!

Roger Mann said...

But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises…

Ummm…anyone who’s been paying even the slightest bit of attention! Obama’s entire campaign consisted of nothing but “vague and slippery promises.” How’s that “hope and change” working out for you Camille?

No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan -- it's the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.

Now there’s a news-flash! “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Gee, who’d have ever guessed that such a thing would be devised by Socialists…I mean Progressives…I mean Democrats!

Frontier Forest said...

Interesting travels this week in liberal St Louis area. I avoided commenting on several far left statements by customers. Believe me, I ain’t much for biting my tongue, but by His grace, I did.

Adam said...

I'll jump in here and simply link to an article that entails true health reform. This is not some over-sized package, but 8 steps toward making health care better and more accessible to people. Before you read, it underscores two principles God uses in Himself (most commonly seen in dealing with us)...

- Justice, i.e. equal treatment for individuals and consequences of their actions (not show partiality)

- Personal Responsibility, i.e. people must pay for and take action due to what choices THEY have made, and must live with those consequences

I agree Obamacare is a joke, but I hope (even though they will not come close to being passed) these reforms will provide optimism for something good, in lieu of simply only criticizing the ridiculous plan currently proposed.

Using an eschatological analogy, it's a post-mil response to a (justified) pre-mil critque of health care reform.