Future House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) “Six in ‘06” policy agenda includes just one health care provision – allowing the federal government to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. In truth, Pelosi and her big government allies are taking a piecemeal approach toward their larger socialist goal of universal health care. As some conservatives in Congress have shown, however, the only way to lower health care costs is through free market solutions.
Universal health care is as much a sacrament to liberalism as protecting abortion on demand and ensuring that no changes are ever made to the failed Social Security structure. The Executive Summary of the 1993 National Health Security Plan, better known as HillaryCare, stated “The Health Security plan guarantees comprehensive health benefits for all American citizens and legal residents, regardless of health or employment status.” Also in 1993, Hillary Clinton said at a town hall meeting in Minneapolis, “…every American should have the right to necessary health care.” The Founding Fathers were so concerned about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness they forgot to guarantee health care for all. Three out of four provided a pretty good foundation.
Since HillaryCare failed, liberal policymakers have had to be as patient as a Chicago Cubs fan on health care issues. But they now sense a public ready to accept a repackaged HillaryCare program. A November 11 Rasmussen poll found that 54 percent of respondents “might be receptive to Democratic health care proposals,” versus 35 percent who “currently trust the GOP more on the issue.” In a November 12 Gallup Poll, 71 percent said the nation’s health care system was in a “state of crisis” or faced “major problems.” In the same Gallup poll, 69 percent agreed that “It is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage.” If you tell people for 40 years that they have the right to free health care, that is the answer we should expect.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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