Barney Frank: Yes, a public plan will lead to a government takeover of health care

posted at 7:52 pm on July 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

I’m not overly worried. The GOP’s closing the gap on the generic ballot and seeing a surge in strong recruits for congressional challenges, which means the current Congress is probably as blue as it’ll be for awhile. If they don’t have the votes to make us choke on single-payer now, they likely never will. Even so, that’s what the liberal wing is planning, as our friend who helped ruin the subprime industry is candid enough to admit here. No wonder the House wants to backload the costs of ObamaCare. That’s obviously designed to give the left a chance to say “it’s working!” during the first five years while expenses are low and use the momentum to push for expansion.

And what if the final bill ends up dropping a public insurance option altogether? Don’t celebrate just yet:

If Obamacare is enacted without a new surtax, its immense costs will lead to tax increases soon enough. If it is enacted without a public plan, the federal government will nonetheless be paying a bigger and bigger share of a larger and larger number of people’s health-insurance bills. What we have here, in other words, are amendments that change the speed rather than the direction of the legislation.

And it is premature to celebrate even a modest victory. The public option may yet resurface in a new guise. Senate majority leader Harry Reid, in his usual bumbling way, has previewed the subterfuge: “We’re going to have some type of public option, call it ‘co-op,’ call it what you want.” Changing the name on the government-run option will not make it any less government-run. Conservative arguments have made great headway in making the Democrats defensive about a public plan. But removing a single objectionable feature from Obamacare does not make the overall package any less intrusive or ineffective. It’s still a pig, even if the Democrats have started taking out their lipstick.

The co-ops are just a trojan horse towards Frank’s end. Make sure everyone knows it.

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But not his or any other member of congress. Their trying to exempt the labor unions as well.

TrickyDick on July 31, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Yes, older folks may have to suffer in order to provide heath care for the poor. Is the homosexual community also willing to suffer? The AIDS epidemic is, after all, the most expensive preventable health issue in the history of humanity. Old people are willing to forgo treatment that might prolong their lives; are AIDS sufferers, the vast majority of whom are responsible for their own illness, likewise willing to accept without treatment a certain death?

In addition, illegal immigrants should be denied medical treatment to save money. Same for drug addicts and tobacco users who are responsible for their own troubles… we could save quite a bit of money by the time we are done. The babies of welfare recipients can be aborted (mandatory) to avoid the production of more useless eaters. I think we can put together a comprehensive “health care” plan for Obama to approve.

Andy in Agoura Hills on July 31, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Good job Allah, I just linked over from Rush Limbaugh’s daily email.

By the way, I have no faith that the beltway GOP can do anything right. If they put forth a CONSERVATIVE to run against Jason Altmire (Democrap PA 4th District) I’ll kick in some money and vote, if not, to hell with the GOP. I will not vote for another republican like Specter.

Zorro on July 31, 2009 at 9:12 PM