Stealth Health?

Anytime government gets involved where it shouldn’t be involved, things usually tend to get screwed up. Indeed, anytime government gets involved in matters where it should constitutionally be involved, there’s the potential for a mess. Think United States Postal Service.

Likewise, when governmental figures campaign and campaign hard for some scheme or other and then backtrack big time on major features of that scheme, cynic that I am, I smell a rat. Think Obamacare.

In recent days, Obama surrogates seem to have backed off on two previously-essential elements of the Obama health care plan: end of life consults, aka “death panels,” and now seem to have dumped the whole idea of “single payer,” aka government-run health care.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebellius dropped that latter bombshell in an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Nation,” saying, according to, that “government-run insurance isn’t essential to the Obama administration’s proposed overhaul of U.S. health care.” *

I suspect something is awry when the Obamaites seem set to abandon that single payer, “public option,” which Obama has advocated for years while denying he has so advocated. It was the most fundamental change in his push for reform and to scrap it at this point is beyond mysterious.

Granted, other factors are in play, including vociferous opposition expressed at town hall meetings which may have inspired even Democrats to re-think socialized health care. Another factor is obviously that Obama doesn’t want to appear an abject failure in his paramount domestic initiative, change and reform in America’s health care system.

Any health bill that comes across his desk would be preferable to no health bill and he would claim success and victory no matter how different it was from what he really wanted.

Obama would live to fight, reform, and change another day and preserve both his aura and his halo at least in the eyes of his worshippers.

A whole new idea of health care cooperatives, “networks of health-insurance plans owned by their customers,” is being discussed in the Democratic-controlled Senate Finance Committee. The chief wrench in the works there is that the coops would “get started with government funds.”

Anywhere government puts our money it also sticks its nose, and its regulations, and its restrictions, and its bureaucrats. We will just have to see how cooperatives pan out, keep our powder dry, and be ready to make our voices heard again should they be yet another Obama subterfuge.

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