Bill Kristol: This Is the Week to Kill Health Care

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Monday, July 20, 2009 at 9:42 am

Bill Kristol’s role in the 1993 health care debate gives him some authority whe he talks about Republican strategy now. His advice for the party on health care:

Go for the kill … This is the week to highlight every problem, every terrible provision, in the Democratic bills: from taxes and spending to government control and rationing to federal funding for abortion and government-required death-with-dignity counseling sessions for the elderly. Throw the kitchen sink at the legislation now on the table, drive a stake through its heart (I apologize for the mixed metaphors), and kill it.

The punchline is Kristol’s afterthought of a final paragraph, the suggestion that “we have plenty of time to work next year on sensible and targeted health reform in a bipartisan way.” Republicans had, of course, plenty of time for bipartisan health reform from 2001 to 2009, but they punted, because they don’t believe that the country needs fundamental reform that covers everyone. Everyone knows this, which is probably why the White House is attacking Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) for making it explicit.

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Card Urges Health Care Delay: Push For Reform Is ‘Contrived Haste’ | Think Progress
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joshquasimoto
Comment posted July 20, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

They inserted 160 amendments into the bill that left the house. The MSM keeps on talking about partisan bills, and it is a fact that the Dem's who control both houses are guiding the process, which by the way is the norm when one party controls either house in Congress, the only thing that is different is the optics of what bi-partisanship means to the MSM. Apparently getting in 160 amendments into a bill, out of committee, does not mean that the GOP wants bi-partisanship since every one of their spokesmen from McConnel to Gregg, from Boehner to Cantor only seems interested in making it look like the Dem's are railroading the process and whatever the Dem's might accomplish will be the end of fiscal responsibility for the US. Of course this ignores the fact that Reagan, Bush I and GW Bush were all in favor of growing the government and expanding the federal deficit. And of course the MSM refuses to ask these Congressmen where their seemingly “scrooge” attitude was when these GOP Presidents spending willy nilly. It is not that the Dem's are perfect, far from it, but they have not built all of there political capital on the theme, of fiscal conservatism and small government. Nor have they built there house on the idea of morality (albiet from a Christian perspective) or the party of 'family values'. As I said it is not that the Dem's are perfect, it is just so obvious that the GOP has “no clothes!”


PH Weiss
Comment posted July 20, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

If Obama, Pelosi & Reid think this plan is so wonderful, then are they going to mandate members of Congress & other government employees enroll in it? I recall the campaign promise Obama made that all Americans should have the SAME coverage as Congress!


Card Urges Health Care Delay: Push For Reform Is ‘Contrived Haste’ | Pure Politics
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Tuci78
Comment posted July 20, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

The concerns are manifold, but the one I'm most worried about (at the moment) is the absolute certainty that this slice of “Santa Claus” socialist legislation is going to turn into an instant, devouring, economy-dislocating job killer.

Any statute law creating regulations that require “on the books” employers either to incorporate health care “insurance” (actually pre-paid health care programs) in their employees' compensation packages or pay to the federal government an exaction (fee or tax or fine or whatever the hell it's called) of about $8,000 per employee per year….

Well, unlike the Federal Reserve, the average American private citizen can't just conjure cash out of thin air. Look at Bernie Madoff, and how he came a-cropper trying to do that.

Employers whose employees qualify for health “insurance” under the scheme our National Socialist Party (yeah, they call themselves “Democrat,” but we know what they really are, right?) is pushing are either going to cut their employees' take-home pay to the extent that this rape job strikes home, or they're going to have to lay off people.

As for hiring new people….

Well, fuhgeddaboudit, buddy!

Expecting employers to create new jobs in the private (productive) sector with this kind of boat anchor chained around their necks is like chucking our Obamaphiles' Mombasa Messiah out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and expecting him to walk home.

What, he DOESN'T walk on water? Gee, that's not the impression I get from the “Hope-&-Change” humpers.


sugarvalley
Comment posted August 12, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

Open letter to Bill:
“…government-required death-with-dignity counseling sessions for the elderly.”
You know better and your sick comment will only help the liberal cause by shreading the last vestiges of credibility in the Conservative Movement. “Congratulations” and Damn you.


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