I have this basic faith in America, and in Americans.
When I notice that Americans oppose something I support, or support something I oppose, I don’t necessarily change my view. But I do run through my logic again, because I know I’m in danger of being wrong.
That’s because there is a wisdom to this country. A basic sense of right and wrong, an essential honesty, an innate optimism, and a boundless determination to move forward and get things right.
Americans don’t always get it right. But I trust them to get it right more than any other nation, more than their supposed masters in the political class, more than any panel of journalists or political experts, and certainly more than any assemblage of Harvard professors.
Americans, in their wisdom, knew there was something very wrong with Obamacare. Though deluged with a massive happy-talk sales blitz, they never warmed up to it. Because despite the lectures from Obama and his Ivy League brain trust about “bending the cost curve” and “better insurance for everyone,” Americans knew something didn’t add up. And they didn’t need a PhD in mathematics to deduce it either.
Because Americans know you don’t get something for nothing.
Really, something for nothing is the guiding principle of Obamacare. All the geniuses in the White House didn’t understand this essential truth.
But you cannot possibly expand by millions the number of people getting insurance without somebody paying for it. When you increase demand for a product, you either have to raise prices or cheapen the product – reduce the cost of production.
In this case, that would mean fewer health services. Rationing. Death Panels. Everyone in Washington and on TV laughed at Sarah Palin, but her statement resonated and annoyed because it sounded uncomfortably like the truth. It was the truth. People – you, your children, your grandchildren – will die or suffer due to rationed care.
Or because of worse care.
Because another way to cheapen the product is to use cheaper components. That is, pay doctors, hospitals, nurses and other health care providers less. And when you buy cheaper stuff, you get lower quality. Pay doctors less, and the average IQ of your incoming medical school class will be lower, because the smart people will head into other fields. Hospitals will take a pass on that new MRI machine. And so forth.
We were told this wasn’t a government-run system. But once you force private companies to do something, who is going to enforce it but the government? And who but the government is going to arrange things so companies can comply? People sensed a massive government intrusion, and they were right.
And we were told you could keep you old insurance. And also that insurance will be required to provide you certain new things. So how do you keep your old insurance?
Americans were basically happy with their health care. Not overjoyed – and not all of them happy – but this was not considered a pressing problem that needed a dramatic solution. They wanted to help the uninsured. But not by inflicting injury on everyone else.
They knew Obama’s “health reform” was quackery. The flimflam man come to town with a vial full of humbug.
But those in high places who think they have it all figured out and who regard Americans as essentially dim witted rubes liable wander off the side of a cliff if left to walk about on their own decided they knew what’s best.
And now they are exposed, writhing frantically to free themselves from the web woven by their own tortured logic.