Emmett Tyrrell

What is going on here? I suspect that the citizenry is coming to the realization that the Democrats who have been in charge of the country since January are not doing so well. The average American is telling the pollsters that "the country is going in the wrong direction." One of the ways the country is going in the wrong direction is not simply with huge government spending but with huge government, period. Ordinary Americans are uneasy about trusting their fate to huge government. They know that government services are inefficient and expensive and occasionally repressive and subject to corruption. More than that, huge government is unreliable.

The health care debate has got to be reminding ordinary Americans of their unease over government promises. Think about it. The same big-government Democrats who are promising government-secured health care are promising "health care savings" that are clearly the denial of Medicare services to the elderly. That is to say, Medicare services that once were promised to seniors by Medicare's advocates are being taken from them under the false claim that they are savings. Face the facts; the Democrats' health care savings are actually health care denials to those who have been counting on those services for years.

Government does not keep its promises. Yet government is the Democrats' solution to practically all our current problems. Many Americans who have followed the health care debate are increasingly aware of this. The longer the health care debate continues the more aware Americans will be that they are about to be cheated out of the health care that they now have.

When Medicare first was passed, it was understood that government would stand aside from the relations that a patient has with a doctor. Supposedly, these relations always would be a private matter between the doctor and the patient, free of government interference. Yet on Page 146 of the Senate's version of health care reform, it is clearly written that once the bill is passed, insurance plans certified by the government can only pay the fees of a doctor who "implements such mechanisms to improve health care quality as the Secretary (of Health and Human Services) may by regulation require." In plain English, henceforth government not only will intervene between doctors and patients but also will control that relationship.

Once again, government cannot be trusted. What government gives to us, government can take away. So maybe the president will not be spending that additional $170 billion.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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