By Rick Saunders & Jeff Schreiber
Of all the pundits commenting these days on the monstrosity masquerading in the Senate as the panacea the nation needs in terms of health care reform, one of the more articulate critics is Charles Krauthammer. Being paralyzed in a wheelchair and possessed of an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, Krauthammer has more than a passing familiarity with health care and other related issues. Before becoming a columnist and political commentator, he practiced psychiatric medicine and was Chief Resident in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. One might conclude, therefore, that he knows of what he speaks.
His recent column at Townhall well summarizes the outright stupidity and–speaking of things psychotic–insanity of the Senate’s 2,074-page Frankenstein, not to mention the House’s 2,014-page Frankensteinette. His column has too many choice nuggets to summarize here, so read the whole thing. It is good.
Okay, okay — one nugget. Of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s lunatic creation, Krauthammer notes: “The bill is irredeemable. It should not only be defeated. It should be immolated, its ashes scattered over the Senate swimming pool.”
The only addendum which might improve upon that suggestion is that Senator Mary “New Louisiana Purchase” Landrieu be forced to swim in the pool immediately following the scattering ceremony. Hey, if the price was right she just might do it, so bereft of principle is she. The bill may be irredeemable, but these people who are committed–to use another medical/psychiatric term–to the sacrificing of the best health care system in the world at the altar of collectivist, socialist ideology are also irredeemable. And more. They are dangerous.
And, frankly, whatever incarnation may come following the nominal death of the so-called “public option” should be treated with equal skepticism. It is not the details of these horrific monstrosities which define the issue, but rather the left’s radical ideology manifesting itself in wealth redistribution and social justice done in the name of health care.
That’s why, as has been noted here at America’s Right in the past, Republicans opposing these measures need to avoid with great care the tendency to get caught up in single-issue politics and debate. A month ago yesterday, it was the abortion shell game which facilitated the passage of health care reform in the House of Representatives. And while provisions similar to the Stupak-Pitts Amendment–which would never, ever survive the combination of the House and Senate bills anyway–were rejected in the Senate yesterday, the danger of myopic focus still remains.
Whatever the Republican Party strategery may involve, whether it be an amendment-based strategy or the employment of the Doctrine of Constructive Obstructionism, the end result must be the same: The Democratic Party leadership’s idea of health care reform is a cancer which will most certainly destroy the American health care system and economy, and there is no benign form in which this legislation can be passed — as Charles Krauthammer said, the bill is irredeemable and should not only be defeated but also immolated, its ashes scattered over the Senate swimming pool.
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008. Jeff Schreiber started America’s Right in January 2008.