As most of you already know Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer published an editorial in USA Today on Monday. I responded to it in an article in my American Issues Project column (my columns are now being published on Wednesdays):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer penned an editorial in USA Today this past Monday. It is a missive to the American people who have had the audacity to resist the government’s attempt to assume control of the US health care system. Their message to these Americans is clear: you will be assimilated; resistance is futile. Pelosi and Hoyer are trying to convince the American people that the push for a government-run health care system has been building for too long and has gained so much momentum that it is impossible now to stop. What they really mean is that they will not allow Barack Obama and his large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate to go to waste, and their message to the American people is that they ought to relax and let the statists have their way, because fighting back will just make it worse.
The Pelosi-Hoyer editorial is nothing more than a clumsy attempt to silence criticism of the health care bills by building up the myth that most Americans really want a government-run single payer system but a small Nazi-like minority is engaged in an effort to ruin this medical paradise for everyone. In reality, the polls indicate something quite different: the majority of Americans are actually against the government running the health care industry. Support for Congress’s plan specifically has dropped to a new low of 43 percent for it and 53 percent opposed to it. Additionally, the vast majority of Americans are against a single payer health care system, 57 percent to 32 percent. Pelosi and team would prefer you not know that 48 percent of the American people rate the American health care system as good or excellent, compared to a mere 19 percent who rate it as poor. When asked if Americans are happy with their current health insurance policies, 57 percent say yes. An even worse poll for President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Steny Hoyer’s health care plan says 51 percent of the American people fear their government more than they fear their health insurance companies. That fear has probably intensified now that the Obama administration is encouraging people to report them to the government for criticizing or advancing criticisms of the reform bills. Now we are learning the administration has even launched a massive pro-government run health care propaganda site funded by their own taxpayer dollars.
Read all of it. The Democrats are becoming desperate because they know that health care is the brass ring. Once they have that, they have everything. With Obama installed in the White House and significant Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, they know this is the only time they will be able to achieve their goal of total control over the lives of their constituents. As we all know, the more the American people become dependent on government, the more they will vote big government politicians into office, hence, Democratic majorities in Washington for years. If you have any thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment here or at the AIP column itself. While you’re at AIP, be sure to read all the other great articles and blog posts.