President Barack Obama, reflective after his party’s drubbing in yesterday’s general election, came close to accepting some of the blame for the Democrats’ Disaster, when he said today: “I’ve got to do a better job, like everybody else in Washington.” But he steadfastly refused to admit that his unpopular Obamacare takeover of the American healthcare industry was any part of the problem, saying of his health overhaul: “This was the right thing to do.”
Obama still doesn’t get it. Incomplete returns showed the GOP picked up at least 60 House seats and led for four more, far in excess of what was needed for a majority. About two dozen races remain too close to call. Republicans gained at least six Senate seats, and tea party favorites Rand Paul in Kentucky, Mike Lee in Utah and Marco Rubio in Florida were among their winners. The GOP also wrested 11 governorships from the Democrats, and the Republican comeback was aided by independents, who backed GOP candidates for the first time since 1998.
Polls are indicating that as much as sixty percent of Americans are opposed to Obamacare in its present form, and Democrats would do well to face the fact that their middle-of-the-night attempt to foist this chunk of socialism upon the country has been a colossal flop. Kentucky’s senior senator, Republican Mitch McConnell, told state reporters in a conference call today that his first order of business when congress reconvenes will be the dismantling of Obamacare.
McConnell called the health care law a “monstrosity,” and said his first choice is to repeal and replace it. If that fails due to a lack of votes or a presidential veto, his next option is to review the law “piece by piece.” Obama and what’s left of the Democratic Party will doubtless resist this move by the Republicans, and their continued refusal to acknowledge the unpopularity of their socialistic agenda portends more rejection in the 2012 elections.
President Obama should have been paying attention when Senator McConnell gave a short speech on the Senate floor—exactly one year ago today—blasting H.R. 3962—The Affordable Health Care for America Act—now known as “Obamacare.” Observing that there appears to be a disconnect between the American people and Democrat leaders in Congress, McConnell said: “And nowhere is that disconnect more apparent than in the 2,000-page bureaucratic monstrosity of a bill that House Democrats dropped on the American people last week.”
McConnell said that the American people have been sending a clear message to congress about what they want to see in health care reform: “They want practical, common-sense reforms that drive down the cost of care, improve access, and create more choices. What they’re getting instead from Congress are higher premiums, higher taxes, Medicare cuts, and more government control over their health care decisions.”
Complaining that the proposed bill would cost “more than two million dollars per word,” Senator McConnell said: “At a time of unprecedented government spending and a staggering $12 trillion dollar debt, the Democrat health care bill asks taxpayers to pony up at least another trillion dollars. Once fully implemented, the bill will spend 2.3 trillion dollars. And this doesn’t even account for the $250 billion that’s needed to prevent a cut in reimbursements to doctors who treat Medicare patients.”
The senator also predicted that H.R. 3962 would inevitably lead to health care rationing: “Notably, this bill no longer includes language from earlier draft legislation stating that essential benefits coverage should not lead to the rationing of health care. We can only conclude from the exclusion of this language that the bill writers have opened the door to rationing care at some point down the road — just like every other country that’s gone in the direction of government-run health care for all.”
In concluding, McConnell remarked: “Americans want real reforms that will lower costs and increase access – reforms like getting rid of junk lawsuits, leveling the playing field on health care taxes, and incentivizing healthy choices. Yet instead of adopting these common sense ideas, the authors of this bill seem intent on forcing the American people to accept more spending, more debt, more taxes, and more government in their daily lives. You can call that a lot of things. But you can’t call it reform. The passage of time has not been good to Democrat efforts at health care reform. Earlier versions were deeply flawed to begin with. But when Americans look closely at this latest version, they’ll wonder who exactly Congressional leaders have been listening to over the past several months — clearly not the American people.”
You can’t say the Democrats weren’t warned. Mitch hit the nail squarely on the head in his speech. The question left for Obama and his dwindling supporters is what lessons they have learned from yesterday’s political massacre. It’s time for the Democrats to face reality. Doing the same thing over and over—expecting different results—is the definition of insanity.
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