“I’ve got a question for all those folks who say we’re going to pull the plug on Grandma. What’s your answer? What’s your solution? And you know what? They don’t have one. Their answer is to do nothing.”
Actually, our answer is not to pull the plug on grandma.
Doing nothing is much much better than destroying American medicine via an ill-conceived attempt to increase political power by leveraging fears about health insurance. Voters don’t trust the president to do any better with health care than he has with his plans for stimulating job creation or with GM. Seniors know that the president is counting on money drained from medicare to pay for the extension of benefits to the uninsured. Their answer is: Don’t cut Medicare.
Will a big speech to Congress alter the basic and deep disagreements between a majority of Americans and the president and his hard-left allies in the Congress?
Only if the president can tempt his Democratic colleagues into forgetting everything they saw and heard during the August recess. If the Democrats pass anything like the president’s plans with its dramatic cuts to Medicare, they will be punished at the polls in 14 months. Seniors won’t forget and employers won’t forget, and doctors and health care workers most certainly won’t forget.
The president doesn’t care what happens to his Congressional allies. Today’s lead Politico story by David Rogers calls House Democrats “Obama’s expendable shock troops.” Expendable as in “Enjoy your retirement and the knowledge that you helped ruin American medicine.”
This is the sort of story that jars a House Democrat. Everyone sees they are being set up to take the political fall for a disastrous, radical attempt to remake American health care when the vast majority of voters are satisfied with their own care and their own insurance. It doesn’t matter how often the president speaks —and via Mike Allen comes Mark Knoller’s count of 121 speeches that includes some appeal on health care, including 28 events dedicated to pushing health care, or more than 3 a month— if the message is the same push to shrink Medicare, limit doctors’ authority and raise taxes to pay for Canada-style rationing.
To set the stage for tomorrow night’s speech, I suggest two things.
First, if you haven’t yet signed the petition against Obamacare that will be presented on the Hill tomorrow, please do so. We are above 1,250,000 signatures with a day left to add your name.
Then send $25 or $50 to the National Republican Congressional Committee and the same amount to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. If President Obama’s big push for his takeover of American medicine provokes an early and visible increase in funding and enthusiasm for the GOP’s effort to knock off House Democrats, the Blue Dogs and other vulnerable Members as well as a larger bank account for the NRSC’s effort to re-establish some balance in the upper chamber, the president’s speech might be his most eloquent yet, but not so eloquent as to drown out the sound of political footsteps lining up for a chance to retire the enemies of American medicine in November, 2010.