All this should make Americans particularly cautious when the administration claims it can “fix” health care. “By acting now, we have the chance to slow health-care costs in a way that doesn’t slash benefits or reduce care,” wrote Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services, in The Washington Post on Aug. 4.
How does the administration intend to accomplish these lofty goals? Sebelius isn’t saying. As she herself noted at a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania, the Senate’s health care bill isn’t even written yet. Americans are being asked to buy a pig-in-a-poke, again. It’s only sensible we’re skeptical this time.
This is the same federal government, by the way, that’s acting as if it can build national wealth by paying Americans to destroy valuable assets. It has colossally mismanaged the “Cash for Clunkers” program, which pays people to turn in older cars to be destroyed.
All the government has proven is that if it’s willing to hand out money, citizens are willing to take it. We already knew that. Yet lawmakers are pouring another $2 billion into the clunker program, throwing more taxpayer money down this rat hole.
The administration’s parade of programs is out of step with what most Americans want. This month of congressional recess, expect to see plenty of citizens reminding their leaders of that.