Friday, February 26, 2010
What's wrong with these pictures?
The Obama administration claims that news of health insurers raising premiums somehow validates its own plan to expand government's role and spending in health care—a plan that congressional budget analysts testify will raise premiums (See Washington Post, "HHS secretary decries higher rates for health insurance"). A more cost-effective solution would increase competition among health insurers, breaking up state-bound monopolies and allowing patients to choose competitive plans nationwide.
President Obama asserts that "the cost of our health care has weighed down our economy and the conscience of our nation long enough." Yet according to national polling, his plan to rescind the only federal regulation protecting the conscience rights of healthcare professionals threatens to force 95 percent of faith-based physicians out of medicine. The resulting crisis of healthcare access and cost would penalize the poor and patients in medically underserved areas.
Invoking bipartisanship and transparency, Mr. Obama held a televised healthcare summit with Republicans while his aides and allies secretly crafted a legislative scheme to bypass the GOP altogether.
If the administration can't figure out what's wrong with these pictures, voters will provide some more clues in November.