Dean Says: "Forget Bipartisan Health-Care Reform"

There is nothing like watching a liberal fawn over a womanizing reprobate to get my blood boiling. Notwithstanding the pointless idol worship exhibited by the author there is a serious issue being presented here, well two.

1. The complete abandonment of any semblance of bipartisanship by the liberal establishment and even the abandonment of the pretense.

2. The creation of another grotesque and bloated government bureaucracy without even so much as an outline of plan on how to proceed.

In an article I found under the rock that is Crooks & Liars (article excerpts in bold):

Howard Dean Says: Forget Bipartisan Health-Care Reform

By Susie Madrak Tuesday Jun 02, 2009 6:45am

I do love this man:
WASHINGTON -- Howard Dean said a public health insurance option is more important than bipartisanship, and that Democrats should pass health-care legislation that includes the option with 51 votes if necessary.

There is a fundamental flaw with this logic. There is a reason that there are opposing views on health care in the Senate; the people of this country have elected Senators to advocate for their views. Can reasonable people disagree on pillaging the taxpayers for billions of dollars for a program that has not even made it to the drawing board yet?

Liberals seem to think that it is Republican Senators that are obstructing their agenda while forgetting that these Senators represent the views of real people. It’s kind of like Godzilla and Rodan trading blows in downtown Tokyo. The fight may in fact between them but I imagine that the residents of that city have a vested interest in the outcome. They would also be quite aware of the collateral damage inflicted by the battle. Like Godzilla and Rodan our Senators seem to neglect the fact that it is the little people and their rights that get trampled in such an exchange.

Dean added that Democrats should have "no intention" of working with Republicans if it's not the strongest possible legislation that could be passed with a simple majority.
"If Republicans want to shill for insurance companies, then we should do it with 51 votes," Dean said during a news conference at the first day of the liberal America's Future Now! conference here.

Dean, though, also praised what he called President Obama's "realist" approach to trying to pass health care reform.

"What I like about Barack Obama's plan is he's a realist," Dean said, adding that private insurers aren't going away and that polling shows people are generally happy with their private health care -- if they have it. He said it should be all about giving people a "choice" of signing up for a public option, but "on the other hand, you don't want to take something away either."

It’s amazing how Dean can simultaneously hold two disparate positions on a subject and still retains even a shred of credibility; talk about riding the fence.

Dean repeated a line of the president's, giving him credit in doing so: "If you like what you have, you can keep it."

That is the problem. We can keep our private health insurance right up until the point they are run out of business by the federal government. Remember the reason health care costs are so disproportionately high is because of price fixing by Medicare and Medicaid. But for those government programs dare I say every American would be able to afford health care with or without insurance.

Despite the dismal record of government ventures we stand poised to turn over a staggering portion of our economy to them. Running the auto and banking industry does not seem to satisfy the insatiable desire for power so we toss in our most valuable sacrificial lamb, our health and along with it our freedom.

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