The pundits have rightly compared the gigantic ObamaCare bill with the Roosevelt administration – if nothing else than because we haven’t seen any government program so gigantic since then.
In a way that is very fitting. Because we can bookend December 7, 1941 and March 21, 2010 with the same prediction: a day that shall live in infamy.
December 7th was a disaster because FDR utterly failed to see a clear and present danger building on opposite sides of both oceans. We failed to take precautions. We failed to arm ourselves. We even failed to protect ourselves. What made it so criminal was that we had years of ample warning, but simply chose to ignore it.
March 21 was hardly a surprise, either. Just as with December 7, a lot of Americans saw it coming, but lacked the power to do anything but point and shout about the coming disaster. The major difference is that on December 7, 1941, our government failed to protect our way of life, whereas on March 21, 2010, our government actively attacked our way of life.
And now it is here. And now that it is here, it will grow like a cancer. Slowly at first – it doesn’t fully kick in until 2014 – and then it will erupt like a big poisonous mushroom.
Charles Krauthammer described what the passage of ObamaCare means with his usual brilliance:
“Nonetheless, it will be the law of the land as of tonight and we’re going to be a different country. We are on our way, there is absolutely no chance we are not going to end up with national health care. This is nationalizing health care, the insurance companies are now utilities, they are contractors. the government makes all of these decisions, only a matter of time and will probably happen after the Obama administration. But he will be remembered as the father of national health care as they have in Canada or Britain and it starts tonight.”
Krauthammer is in no way exaggerating or politicizing the regulatory takeover of private insurance companies by the government under ObamaCare. That can be demonstrated merely by examine what Dennis Kucinich said about ObamaCare and about the role of private insurance companies before he went ahead and voted for it anyway:
- “I don’t know what there is for my constituents”
- It’s “a license to just steal money from people”
- ObamaCare is a “giveaway to the insurance industry”
- This bill is “not going to protect consumers from these rapid premium increases
- It provides “no guarantees of any control over premiums”
- It is “forcing people to buy private insurance”
- It’s going to result in “five consecutive years of double-digit premium increases”
- “I just don`t see that this bill is the solution”
- “The insurance companies are the problem and we`re giving them a version of a bailout”
- “This bill doesn`t change the fact that the insurance companies are going to keep socking it to the consumer”
- It results in a “giveaway to the insurance industry”
- “You`re building on sand. There`s no structure here”
- If we pass this bill, “all we`re going to have is more poverty in this country”
- If we pass this bill, “people aren`t going to get the care that they need”
This remaking of private insurance companies as utilities, as contractors for the government, is fascism, pure and simple. The government didn’t nationalize them, as it would do under communism, but it created a massive new set of regulations, and bureaucracies, and mandates, and taxes that quintessentially takes them over as agents of the state. And that is what fascism is all about:
Where socialism [i.e., communism] sought totalitarian control of a society’s economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners. Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the “national interest”–that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it. (Nevertheless, a few industries were operated by the state.) Where socialism abolished all market relations outright, fascism left the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities.
And that is exactly what is happening. Liberals may not like my term, but it couldn’t be more applicable here. Obama demonized the insurance companies, and he will now regulate and control and dominate them “in the national interest.”
ObamaCare amounts to a regulatory takeover of the private health insurance companies. They will be told what to do, how to do it, and how much to charge (although you might see them massively raise rates in preparation to protect themselves for the onslaught that is coming their way). The government under Obama already owns General Motors and Chrysler. His administration already essentially owns many banking institutions. The government under Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac controls more than 90 percent of the nation’s secondary mortgage market. And Paul Volcker acknowledged that “the federal government was responsible for up to 95 percent of all new home mortgages in the fourth quarter of 2009.”
It’s naked fascism. And that fascism which was slowly trickling onto us during the Bush years has now become an massive avalanche under Obama.
Fascism is bad, of course. But the economic consequences of this fascist takeover of our health care system may be even worse than the political ones.
As for that, consider what Weekly Standard journalist Steve Hayes said (link includes video of the following):
“I think that if you take a step back from this the real story here is is the deficit and that story. Everybody’s familiar with the debt clock; we’ve all seen how fast it moves. This is going to put it on double time or triple time because when you go back and you look at the history of entitlements in the country, that’s the pattern. There are promises that this is going to cut deficits or debt, and it never does. You look back at at what FDR said when he signed Social Security into law in July 1935. He said it would act as a protection for future administrations against the necessity of going deeply into debt to furnish relief to the needy. He also said this is a law that will take care of human needs and at the same time provide the United States and economic structure of vastly greater soundness. Social Security today? $43 Trillion dollar unfunded liability – that’s 400 thousand dollars per household in the United States today. And you go back to 1965. LBJ did the same thing. You saw Nancy Pelosi carrying the gavel – it’s the same argument. He said it would be $1.50 a month for the average worker. $1.50 a month. Three dollars per month after you’re 65. Today, Medicare has a $57 trillion dollar unfunded liability. $500,000 dollars per American household. This will bankrupt the country.”
It is a structure intended to lessen the force of possible future depressions. It will act as a protection to future Administrations against the necessity of going deeply into debt to furnish relief to the needy. The law will flatten out the peaks and valleys of deflation and of inflation. It is, in short, a law that will take care of human needs and at the same time provide for the United States an economic structure of vastly greater soundness.
$43 TRILLION dollars of unfunded liability. That is $400,000 for every household in the country. That is $184,000 for every single man, woman, and child in the country. Please pay up now.
Does that sound like something that lessened the force of possible future ANYTHING? A protection to future administrations against the necessity of going deeply in debt??? Something that provides the United States with an economic structure of vastly greater soundness??? We’re doomed.
Maybe you don’t care that this giant boondoggle is going to crash and burn your country, and that your children or grandchildren will literally die as a result of your greed and selfishness. But I do.
They promised us a bogus Utopia, and that Utopia is about to collapse into the fiery pit of hell.
Now here is how the plan will affect you.
During your working years, the people of America–you–will contribute through the social security program a small amount each payday for hospital insurance protection. For example, the average worker in 1966 will contribute about $1.50 per month. The employer will contribute a similar amount. And this will provide the funds to pay up to 90 days of hospital care for each illness, plus diagnostic care, and up to 100 home health visits after you are 65. And beginning in 1967, you will also be covered for up to 100 days of care in a skilled nursing home after a period of hospital care.
And under a separate plan, when you are 65–that the Congress originated itself, in its own good judgment–you may be covered for medical and surgical fees whether you are in or out of the hospital. You will pay $3 per month after you are 65 and your Government will contribute an equal amount.
Let me tell you how Medicare affects me: It affects me with a $57 trillion unfunded liability. It affects me with a bill of $500,000 for every single household in America. It affects me with an individual bill (that every single man, woman, and child in this country owes) of $230,000.
The forerunner of the CBO underestimated the actual cost of Medicare by a whopping factor of 10. If they repeat their little boo-boo, ObamaCare will cost $10 trillion dollars over ten years, and the United States will completely collapse as an independent nation-state.
And that’s $230,ooo on top of the $184,000 I owe for Medicare. I owe $414,000. And my household owns $900,000. And great googly moogly, we don’t got it. We’re on a speeding train that is going to keep hurtling along until it flies off a cliff and crashes.
Hey, I got an idea: let’s double that. Hell, let’s triple it.
If you believe that the government is going to create a trillion dollar entitlement that ensures 47 million more people – (John Larson, chairman of the Democratic caucus, used the “47 million” figure on ABCs “This Week” just yesterday; he used it again on CNNs “State of the Union”) and spends less money than is spent now, you are an abject fool.
And that “47 million” clearly includes 17 million illegal immigrants. The Democrats’ incredibly cynical plan is to take health resources from you and from your children and grandchildren and give those resources to illegal immigrants so they can capture the Hispanic vote.
The metaphor is a dozen people rushing into your house to eat your food and consume your resources while your own kids go hungry. No one would do this. But your government is doing it under Democrat Party tyranny.
The real cost of this bill is over $6 TRILLION. The Democrats filled their legislation with gimmicks, such as assuming they would cut doctors’ Medicare reimbursements by 21% when they know they won’t, then putting that “Doctor fix” in another bill. That will add $208 billion to the real cost of their plan. Then they falsely start the bill’s ten-year score in 2010, when the benefits don’t start getting paid out until 2014. That accounting deceit masks the fact that the REAL cost of the bill is $2.3 trillion.
The $6 trillion (PLUS!!!) figure comes from the biggest and most despicable shenanigan of all: all the money from American citizens who will be unconstitutionally forced to purchase health insurance isn’t counted in the CBO score. At all. Not one penny.
In other words, your ObamaCare – which really isn’t even deficit neutral at all – was sold as “deficit neutral” because it doesn’t count the trillions and trillions of dollars that American citizens will be compelled by their government to pay for health insurance.
ObamaCare amounted to the slitting of the national wrists. And we’re going to start bleeding out until we either abandon it or die.
The Republicans have a few more tactics to fight this bill, but they amount to starting backfires to try to temporarily contain a massive hungry forest fire. It won’t be enough, and it probably won’t ultimately succeed.
Thirty-eight states and counting are now working to preempt the ObamaCare disaster by protecting their citizens from this disgraceful and unconstitutional boondoggle.
Having this monster 2,700-page government takeover of health care may be the only chance this nation has of avoiding a very-near term financial implosion.
If this bill isn’t stopped, one day Americans will look back at the late great former United States of America and realize that that was the anvil that broke the camel’s back.