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Senate, Help Your President -- Deep-Six ObamaCare!

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"The political risks of failure are pretty high."

A former congressional aide offered this ominous assessment following the House of Representatives' passage of "health care reform." Warning to the Senate: President Obama and his party face political catastrophe if you fail to do your part so that the President can sign a bill!

Nonsense.

The political risks of success are much, much higher. Taxes would go up — and not just on "the rich." And since "the rich" provide jobs, they would hire fewer people, spend less on their businesses, and take fewer risks. Costs would explode beyond government estimates — which conveniently limit the estimated price tag to only the first decade.

Expect insurance companies to deny requests for medical treatment at a greater rate than today. Why? The bill would require insurers to take people with pre-existing illnesses, so denying requests for treatment would be the only potent weapon to reduce costs. And since those with pre-existing illnesses could not be denied coverage, people would simply wait until they required care before getting insurance — only to drop it and risk paying fines once they were treated.

Government eventually will start "controlling costs" by rationing care — denying requests; imposing waiting times for treatment; and withholding treatment from those with "bad" lifestyles (e.g., those who smoke cigarettes or those who fail to exercise and eat "appropriately") and those considered too old to "sufficiently benefit."

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, during the Great Depression, launched the New Deal — a blinding array of expansive and expensive government programs designed to "rescue" the economy. Obama, as did FDR, calls this expansion necessary in order to achieve economic recovery. Government expansion — in this case, ObamaCare — and economic prosperity supposedly go hand in hand.

Henry Morgenthau served as FDR's Treasury secretary. Thus Morgenthau, who served from 1934 to 1945, was to FDR what current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is to Obama. Morgenthau wrote in 1939: "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. ... I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started ... and an enormous debt to boot!"

Political Armageddon if ObamaCare fails? No. A recent Rasmussen poll shows more "likely voters" opposed than in favor. Preventing Obama from being Obama is job security for both the President and the congressional Democrats.

The then-Republican-controlled Congress stopped President Bill Clinton from passing HillaryCare.

People soon forgot about his "failure" and re-elected him by a larger margin than he received in his first term. Republicans also blocked his first-term attempt to pass a multibillion-dollar "economic stimulus package."

Because of Republican pressure or support, Clinton signed measures unpopular with his base — the NAFTA and GATT trade agreements; a reduction in capital gains taxes (as part of a larger budget compromise); and 1996's welfare reform act, which, for the first time, refused recipients more money if they had additional children and imposed benefit time limits. Many congressional Democrats opposed these measures.

Though he successfully blamed the Republicans for temporarily shutting down the government over a budget impasse, Clinton signed a budget more modest and less expensive than he wished. For these reasons, among others, Clinton left office with a budget surplus that Democrats constantly brag about — never, of course, giving Republicans any credit for restraining Clinton's desire to spend.

Besides, if ObamaCare fails in the Senate, watch Obama and the sycophantic media round up the "usual suspects" — "anti-women" pro-lifers who reject government money for abortions; anti-illegal-alien "racists" who wanted some teeth in the legislation to stop illegal aliens from receiving benefits; "in-the-pockets-of-insurance-company" opponents of the noble "public option" (government-subsidized insurance designed to keep insurance companies "honest"); "evil and greedy" health insurance companies that "misled" the public about the wonders of ObamaCare; "the rich" who selfishly resisted tax hikes; and, of course, Republicans who "failed to offer an alternative."

The media will praise the President for his "heroic" effort, for "going down swinging," for getting the House — for the first time in history — to pass health care "reform," for going further than any president since President Harry Truman first proposed government-based universal health care.

After spending trillions to "save" our financial system, signing an $800 billion spending package to "stimulate" the economy, and pushing government takeovers of financial firms, banks and car companies, the President stands — pen in hand — ready to enact a dangerous government takeover of one-sixth of the nation's economy.

President Clinton survived — not in spite of but, in part, because of his "failure" to "reform" health care. Obama will survive — and benefit — from this "failure," as well. So, Senate, do the President, yourself and the country a favor.

Stop him.

Larry Elder is a syndicated radio talk show host and best-selling author. His latest book, "What's Race Got to Do with It?" is available now. To find out more about Larry Elder, visit his Web page at www.LarryElder.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Dear Larry Elder, Excellent Article. Taxpayers will continue the fight to get rid of all healthcare and government programs that's bankrupted America! Time to put an end to Insurance and Drug companies 'handing over billions to politicians'! This money is NOT theirs to give to anyone, except to people who paid it in. Taxpayers should start hiring a lawyer to get all their money back from insurance and durg companies, put it into a bank, THAT DIDN'T TAKE TARP MONEY', and they can take control of their own future. 'PAY AS YOU GO, IS THE ONLY WAY!'

‘Lying' supposedly will get politicians impeached , then why hasn't ninety-five percent of
politicians been impeached, sell them a one-way ticket to Gitmo, take all their assets to pay off the
trillions they've borrowed without Taxpayers consent? Six decades later and America is bankrupt
with these ‘corrupt, greedy, lying bunch of ‘blood-sucking ticks', still in office, still drawing big
salaries and retirements, working on the same ‘programs/ healthcare' for years. They have nothing
better to do to justify the bigs bucks they steal from Taxpayers, as it's obvious none of them know
what they're doing nor care. This is why their favorite saying is “I'll check on this and get back to
you!” This brings another thought to Taxpayers minds, if the Insurance, Drug companies,
Hospitals, and Medical professionals stop ‘paying the politicians to run for office, maybe the
‘Politicians License to Steal' will come to a screeching halt!

Politicians take billions from insurance, drug companies, healthcare professionals and what few
businesses are left. This is why Taxpayers can't afford insurance, hospitals, let alone medications.
Passing of Healthcare is another POWER GRAB and will finish bankrupting America. Fraud and
bankrupting of social security, medicare and medicaid should tells folks that government run
programs have never worked for Taxpayers, just for Politicians!

Insurance and Drug companies should give their insured, that's paid them big bucks for years, all
their money back. Folks, the Taxpayer that's paid $200.00 to $750.00 monthly, would be entitled to
several million for each person. Just think, we wouldn't need them at all! What fools we've been
letting these ‘blood-sucking ticks' tell us that ‘Taxpayers have to spread the wealth around!'
Where is politicians ‘wealth they're spreading around?'

Why would politicians want to spend billions of dollars taken from insurance, drug, hospitals and
the small business owners, to run for an office that pays $200,000.00+-?

Comment: #1
Posted by: Shirley deLong
Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:06 AM
Obama-care is the best thing that could happen to average Americans.
the best thing.
It not only gives them economic security but it gives them something they've never had...health care security...that's more important than money.
Of course intellectually shallow people don't understand that until they get seriously sick.
Why do you think the insurance corporations and HMOs oppose Obama-care so hotly?
because...Its not good for them....its good for you....despite what the corporate shill Republicans tell you.
Obama can veto any change in the law for the next six years. Its well in place.
If you want to abolish a government department try Homeland Security.... what a trillion dollar useless (but very profitable for some) boondoggle that turned out to be.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Oracle
Sun May 22, 2011 8:18 PM
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