Why You SHOULD Support the Health Care Bill
I’m going to make this as simple for you as possible. I’ve seen precisely three intellectually honest reasons to support the health care bill passed today by the Senate, and they are as follows:
1. At the end of the day, passing a minimally-palatable health care bill is more important than what the bill actually says, because the primary objective is to establish a permanent government entitlement program while we have the votes. Once it’s passed, it’s a part of our lives, and no one will ever have the votes to get rid of it. Besides, it’s not like Congress won’t come back later and fix anything that goes really wrong.
2. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what health care bill gets passed as long as it can be spun as a victory for Obama and Congressional Democrats. There’s nothing worse in this world than Republicans in power, so anything that makes it less likely for the Democrats to lose seats–or God forbid, the presidency–in 2010 or 2012 is more important than quibbling over particular provisions in the legislation.
In your camp: the DNC, the DCCC, Obama for President 2012, anyone who sang along and/or cried to that celebrity “Yes We Can” YouTube video.
3. You simultaneously hold all of the following positions to be true:
- Health care is a human right and it must therefore be afforded to all, pretty much irrespective of the costs to anyone else to provide it.
- The absence of additional regulations (the so-called “free market” health care system), rather than excessive or inefficient regulations, is responsible for the current situation.
- The current health care system is not an unacceptable framework upon which to lay new regulations.
- Forcing everyone to buy health insurance, including very healthy or very wealthy people who would prefer to take their chances uninsured (a.k.a. the individual mandate), is an acceptable tradeoff if it generally keeps premiums lower.
- The individual mandate is constitutional, rather than unprecedented and unconstitutional.
- Granting massive concessions to certain industries at the expense of others, in particular the very insurance companies that all parties condemn and that Harry Reid demonizes in every speech, is a less important concern than passing this health care bill.
- Continued healthcare-related annual deficits, or the national debt, or really any respect for the reason the CBO is consulted in the first place, are all less important concerns than passing this health care bill.
- Allowing only three weeks to read a 2,100 page bill and 24 hours to read the definitive 400-page compromise amendment, even though the majority of the legislation doesn’t take effect until 2014, is less important than passing this health care bill.
- Persuading at least one senator outside your political caucus that the bill is a good idea is less important than passing this health care bill.
- Persuading a majority of the public to support the bill is a less important concern than passing this health care bill.
In your camp: without trying to be sardonic, in all honesty, I don’t know. I’m not sure I can think of anyone who would know and agree with all the points in #3 who isn’t already covered by #1 or #2.
Accepting that my tone may not appeal to everyone, I’m pretty sure this covers it. If you support this bill and I have either misrepresented your position or I have failed to list it here, I expect you to let me know so I can amend my post. And if you can’t defend your position on intellectually honest grounds, I hope you will seriously consider reevaluating it.
Otherwise, I suppose that’s about all I have to say about health care until the reconciliation process begins. Merry Christmas.