Don't Be Fooled: Republicans Love Government Enforced HealthcareRepublicans trumpeted the health care “obligation” for decades
Mar. 28, 2010
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Forget all the self-serving diatribes by Republicans about Obamacare. They are for government enforced health care. "Republicans were for President Barack Obama's requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it," the Associated Press reports this morning.
Republicans trumpeted the "obligation" (at gunpoint) that Americans buy health care insurance from large monopolistic corporations for decades, long before Hill and Bill attempted to foist their version on the plebs.
Republican statists view health care at gunpoint as a "free-market route to guarantee coverage for all Americans -- the answer to liberal ambitions for a government-run entitlement like Medicare."
Of course Republicans don't support Medicare. It does not fit the narrow confines of their partisan political ideology. Medicare was included as part of the Social Security Act of 1965, signed into law by president Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat.
Republicans are miffed because Obama and the Democrats co-opted their original concept, minus a mechanism they proposed for controlling costs. Republicans are not opposed to totalitarian care, they are simply opposed to the Democrat version.
If you believe Republicans are serious about controlling costs, look no further than Bush's $3 trillion budget proposal in 2008 (a record at the time). When Bush took office, the national debt was $5.73 trillion. When he left, it was $10.7 trillion.
Mitt Romney -- who was billed as the man who would save us from Obama and the "socialists" during the selection, er election -- forced the residents of Massachusetts to buy health insurance. Lord Romney said government mandated health care is "a personal responsibility principle."
Government invariably demands "personal responsibility" on the part of the plebs while it engages in corruption, starts wars under false pretense and kills millions of people, and enslaves future generations to bankster debt.
Romney's health care at gunpoint was backed by Scott Brown, the Republican that had Democrats and the usual suspects at MSNBC and CNN chattering about a fascist rightwing takeover of Congress.
Brown replaced the late Democrat Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. It was said his appointment would almost certainly lead to the collapse of Obamacare. Brown says his opposition to the new shakedown for large insurance corporations is over tax increases, Medicare cuts and federal "over-reach" -- because Democrats are doing the reaching -- on a matter that should be left up to states. It was a different story when his buddy Mitt was forcing gunpoint healthcare down the throats of Massachusettans.
In the case of states' rights, Brown might want to look at the example set by the former leader of his party, George W. Bush. The Bush administration violated the Tenth Amendment by repeatedly meddling in the states in regard to medical marijuana, the federalization of education, and state control of the National Guard.
"The idea of an individual mandate as an alternative to single-payer was a Republican idea," health economist Mark Pauly of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School told the Associated Press. In 1991, Pauly published a paper explaining how a "mandate" (government coercion) could be combined with tax credits to force the commoners into compliance. Pauly's paper was embraced by the George H.W. Bush administration.
Republicans like to tell you they are opposed to taxation. Instead, they use taxes as a carrot and a stick to force government mandates down your throat.
Nixon before Bush backed the idea of a mandate that employers provide insurance. Even the Heritage Foundation back in the day supported this government imposed "individual requirement."
Later today in Nevada, the Republican Tea Party will gather and demand the ouster of Democrat Sen. Harry Reid and the Democrats for passing Obamacare. The event will be led by the darling of the establishment Tea Party, former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. On Friday, Tea Party Sarah threw her support behind the establishment stalwart John McCain.
McCain's latest authoritarian outrage is the "Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010"³ that, if passed, would turn the country into a military dictatorship. It was introduced with the participation of the notorious warmonger Joe Lieberman. Apparently the legislation is backed by Tea Party Sarah.
The Nevada event was organized by the Tea Party Express, an organization in bed with Our Country Deserves Better PAC, which is closely affiliated with the Republican-affiliated consulting firm Russo Marsh & Associates. In other words, the event in Nevada will be strictly an establishment Republican affair. The objective is not to get rid of government enforced health care, but to get of rid of Reid and put in a Republican. It is another example of the false right-left paradigm in action.
In January, the Tea Party Express supported Scott Brown. As noted above, Brown supported Romney's version of Obamacare in Massachusetts.
Republicans will shamelessly exploit the compromised Tea Party and the efforts of the states to repeal Obamacare in order to win seats in Congress during the mid-term elections. If they manage to overturn the Democrat majority in Congress, they will not work to repeal Obamacare. They may nibble around the edges of the bill but will leave it largely intact. Republicans have no problem with the government forcing you to shell over your money to large insurance companies. Republicans are enforcers for the global elite and transnational corporations.
Both Republicans and Democrats need to be trounced in November. Obamacare needs to be challenged on Constitutional grounds. The establishment controlled Supreme Court, however, cannot be counted on to repeal the bill. It may take civil disobedience on the part of millions of Americans before this bill ends up in the dust bin of history where it belongs.