Opinion

The Liberal Entitlement-State Dream Is Crumbling

from Real Clear Politics – by Lary Kudlow – May I ask this question? Why is it that Americans don’t have the freedom to choose their own health insurance? I just don’t get it. Why must the liberal nanny state make decisions for us? We can make them ourselves, thank you very much. It’s like choosing a car, buying a home, or investing in a stock. We can handle it.

So why must the government tell me and everyone else what we can and cannot buy?

Charles Krauthammer and the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Henninger noted in excellent recent columns that this whole Obamacare business represents the greatest-ever expansion of the liberal entitlement-state dream. But I don’t want that dream. And you shouldn’t either.

Here’s what else I don’t want: As a 60-something, relatively healthy person, I don’t want lactation and maternity services, abortion services, speech therapy, mammograms, fertility treatments or Viagra. I don’t want it. So why should I have to tear up my existing health care plan and then buy a plan, with far more expensive premiums and deductibles and with services I don’t need or want?

Why? Because Team Obama says I have to. And that’s not much of a reason. It’s not freedom.

Fortunately, NBC News pulled the plug this past week on President Obama’s promise that “if you like your own plan, you can keep it.” Ditto for keeping your own doctor. The plug was pulled because NBC learned that Team Obama knew — for three years — that stiff new regulations would prevent the grandfathering of existing health care plans. And not just a few plans. But plans that could affect as many as 15 million individuals.

The day after that bombshell hit, the president tried to blame insurance companies — rather than regulatory overkill — for this Obamacare shortfall. Yet, both the public and the mainstream media were having none of it. In what may turn out to be a landmark moment, Americans and the media at large have turned against the president and Obamacare.

Incidentally, equally punitive regulations will hit more than 90 million employer-sponsored health plans next year. It’s the same problem as the individual plan. Grandfathering won’t work. Moreover, replacing these plans with much more expensive substitutes is going to constitute a major tax hike on the entire economy. This point shouldn’t be lost as Americans worry about being kicked from their plans. Not only is Obamacare anti-freedom, it’s anti-growth as well.

As for the grandfathering lie, Obama’s HHS staffers were the saboteurs. They undoubtedly acted with full knowledge of what they were doing, and thus trapped the president in three years of falsehoods that were essential to selling Obamacare.

And I just love it when they tell me that so many of these existing plans are substandard “bad apples.” Do the president and his people not know that insurance at the state level is one of the most regulated areas of the economy? They’re blaming insurance companies, not their own new regulations. The stupidity of that is hilarious. Do they really think salesmen are out selling these policies off the back of trucks?

No, this is federal coercion at its worst. And that’s why the public is turning against it. It’s not freedom.

Of course, there are other structural problems to Obamacare that are both unfair and unaffordable. Mainly, younger healthy people are not going to subsidize older sicker folks. We should take care of the latter with transparent government subsidies, and not by trying to redistribute resources (again) from the young to the old.

Or then, there’s the Medicaid entitlement. It’s already out of control and close to bankruptcy. But in the early days of Obamacare, Medicaid sign-ups are exploding, all while sign-ups for private plans on the new exchanges are miniscule.

Between the president’s broken promises, the millions of policy cancellations, the continued website breakdowns, and the unaffordable, unfair con game between the healthy young and the sicker old, this Obamacare monster is well on its way to collapsing of its own weight. But here’s the bigger point: All this is the inevitable result of massive central-planning exercises to control the economy. That’s not freedom.

No amount of rescue legislation is going to change this. It’s the elections of 2014 and 2016 that will allow the American people to reject this Soviet-style planning. But I’ll reference my conservative colleagues in the media once again: Obamacare represents the greatest-ever expansion of the liberal entitlement-state dream. And you know what? That dream is crumbling and dissolving before our very eyes.

And that is freedom.

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Glora L Ulrop
7 years ago

I do not plan to return to mainstream media for news, because they are as much to blame for where we are today as the administration.it was well known that too much that had nothing to do with healthcare was in the bill. That alone should have raised more questions. Was the media and our elected reps threatened, bought, or just in love with a beautiful face and promises of milk and honey?

HAM
7 years ago

It was intended from the first that the cancellations go out AFTER the website was up & running. Guess what, this evil administration got caught in their own web. The website didn’t work but cancellations went out anyway. Now everyone, maybe even the up your a– liberal media will no longer be able to IGNORE what this Socialist/Communist administration is doing to this country. They can also take their share if the blame as they would not tell their listeners the truth & viciously attacked any conservative who did. I hope the issue of Obamacare will be pounded over & over again from now until after the 2016 election. If our politicians begin to let it fade we the people must not allow that to happen.

Gary Northam
7 years ago

I think that before it’s over with he’ll not only be known as the worse President, but also the most hated!!!

S.
7 years ago

Where you been NBC ? Time to return to Journalism 101! There no way to spin this.
Thank you Larry Kudlow!

Sandra
7 years ago

Excellent, well written, and questions that every single senator should be answering. We pay them to represent us, and even if they did not vote for it, each and every one of them should have dissected that document so they knew full well what the ramifications of each move the Obama clan made would be on families, insurance companies, employers and the economy.

Also, I want answers as to why a president, who thinks he is God, can go in and change the terms of a law? The law was voted on as written, so it seems that if he can change the terms to suit his fancy, then he can change them to fix all the problems with this communist document. Nancy Pelosi was very very clear in an interview Nov 4 that her intent on this was to be one-payer….socialism. But of course she also knew that she and her cronies would be exempt from their mandates to we lowly working servants to their tax doles.

Seems to me somehow the “servant” part got turned 180 degrees and these people forgot that THEY are supposed to be the servants to the citizens.

You know full well that if they are permitted to get away with legislating this mandate it will not stop there. They are setting a very serious precedent.

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