Star Parker

Democrats who are calling the House's decisively passed repeal of Obamacare -- the so-called " Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care" act -- theater are hallucinating.

Perhaps it was theatrical to include in the name of the repeal act "job killing", though that is what it is.

But I prefer melodrama to dishonesty. Calling Obamacare -- government mandates, subsidies, price controls, taxes, and rationed care -- "patient protection" and "affordable" is the height of dishonesty.

The House repeal vote was important because the House is the legislative body closest to the people, and the people voted unequivocally last November to repudiate socialized medicine.

It is the beginning of responsible government to start representing what the American people want and repeal is what Americans voted for.

Although repudiation of Obamacare was the most tangible message of the 2010 elections, there were other important messages.

Most Americans are sick of the socialist direction in which our great nation has been moving. They are sick of dishonesty and word games emanating from Washington and politicians. And they are sick of special interest groups in Washington sucking the oxygen out of all opportunities for good public policy.

The "Affordable Health Care" Act, besides being bad health care policy, has all the above characteristics -- duplicitous Washington accounting games that pretend to save money by spending it subsidizing all the nation's health care, taking what was already broken in the way we deliver health care -- most of it already being controlled by government and third party payers -- and giving us more of it rather than less, and accomplishing all this by working with the big health care special interests -- insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies.

But what makes me most heartsick is to watch our great and free nation transformed into a second rate welfare state.

Again, even before the "Affordable Health Care" act, our health care system was already largely taken over by government. Ninety percent of our health care bills are paid by third parties, and between Medicaid, SCHIP, and Medicare, well over half of American health care was already directly controlled by government.

What else do you have to know about what was wrong? Yet, Obamacare's answer was to give us more of all of it.

I challenge any sitting Democrat who continues to push socialized medicine on us to move into any of our inner cities and find out first hand about life on the government plantation.

Twelve percent of the nation's population is black, but 30 percent of the 60 million on Medicaid are black.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.