Just to make you feel a little more comfortable about the people that are the biggest advocates of Obamacare, it turns out that most of them admit to not really knowing all the details.
Of course, this is ONLY legislation that would give the government effective control over about one sixth of the US economy. No need to pay that much attention I suppose.
Anyway, here's a nice collection of quotes put together by the Senate Republican Caucus.
Makes you feel real good about who's minding the store, doesn't it? read more »
Yes, believe it or not, there are now some key liberal voices coming out against Obamacare. Although not for the same reasons that conservatives oppose it of course. Rather it's because they feel that the Senate leadership has crossed the liberal line in the sand in terms of the latest version (such as it is) not going "far enough".
The latest big-time liberal to voice opposition was former DNC Chairman and Vermont Governor Howard Dean. From the AP:
Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean argued Wednesday that
the health care overhaul bill taking shape in the Senate further
empowers private insurers at the expense of consumer choice.
"You will now be forced to buy insurance. If you don't, you'll pay a fine,"
said Dean, a physician. "It's an insurance company bailout."
Interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America," he said the bill has some
good provisions, "but there has to be a line beyond which you think the
bill is bad for the country."
"This is an insurance company's
dream," the former Democratic presidential candidate said. "This is the
Washington scramble, and it's a shame."
More government means less liberty
I had a meeting recently with a government official about a project I was set to work on. He opened the meeting with "What makes you an expert?" I was to prove to him, right then and there, why I was qualified to do this project because, he said, he was paying my salary. As the discussion progressed, it became obvious that he had very little knowledge of my area of expertise--yet there he sat in judgment.
This little episode explains a lot about why Ronald Reagan said government is not the answer--government is the problem. If Congress passes its health care take-over bill, this little scene will be replayed all over America countless times.
The first problem is that this man had absolutely no experience outside of government. He really couldn't comprehend the value of the efficiencies I would bring to his organization from private enterprise and the free market. Cabinet appointees in the Obama administration have a shockingly low amount of experience outside of government:
Yet by virtue of his government position this man felt he had the ability and the right to judge whether I am an expert in my field or not. My field has certified me as an expert, but that wasn't good enough for him. Imagine now that bureaucrat judging whether you need a certain medical procedure or not. Doesn't matter whether your doctor--an acknowledged expert in his or her field--has said you need it. It's the government's opinion that matters. read more »