Why the mounting public opposition to ObamaCare?
-- Adoption of ObamaCare would make Americans more reliant on the federal government, not less.
-- Growing percentages of the public oppose it, as indicated in poll after poll -- just as the public opposes "reconciliation," the Democrats' chosen method of forcing it down the public's throat.
--According to pollsters Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen, polls this week show that 57 percent of voters believe passage of ObamaCare would hurt the economy (25 percent believe it would help), and just 17 percent believe it would cut health care costs. Note the pollsters: Most voters believe the current plan will harm the economy, cost more than projected, raise the cost of care, and lead to higher middle-class taxes.
-- ObamaCare's prototypes in for instance England, Canada, and Massachusetts demonstrate that it would drive up medical costs, drive down quality of care, drive doctors out of medicine -- and discourage prospective doctors from entering the profession. No example of government-overseen medicine -- anywhere, ever -- has proved the equal of (let alone superior to) the system we have.
-- In determining who would receive what coverages, medicines, and procedures, ObamaCare would ration medical care.
-- It would tell doctors how to practice, impose price controls, and set hospital rates.
-- Regarding hospital rate-setting alone, of the 30 states that capped hospital rates in the 1970s and 1980s, all except Maryland discarded them because of their failure to control costs. In 2006, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney pushed through a government medical plan as a way to rein in spending. Massachusetts now boasts the nation's highest medical costs -- a key to the election of Scott Brown to the Senate seat long held by Teddy Kennedy.
-- At almost precisely the moment President Obama says (as he did during his seven-hour "summit") that the key issue is "figuring out how can we control the huge expansion of entitlements," ObamaCare would create yet another entitlement affecting 17 percent of the nation's economy.
-- It would be lunacy to enact any program, such as ObamaCare, that would come to us courtesy of the same federally sanctioned sorts of discourteous incompetents, enforcers, and unsmiling satraps at Amtrak, the Postal Service, and the IRS.
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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