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The August Debate: Part 1

Monday, August 3, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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“Two Sides Take Health Care Debate Outside Washington” is the New York Times’ headline announcing the start of the summer rumble beyond the Beltway over Obamacare’s radical rewrite of the ways of American medicine.

My Washington Examiner column provides a handy list of 10 questions for any Member of Congress you encounter, along with the short answers a truthful representative will give you.

With 970,000 people already signed up against Obamacare —and you can help push the petition to 1 million and higher this week— the grassroots are engaged in the effort to protect their health insurance and the quality of care they currently receive.

Hopefully the providers –doctors, nurses and hospitals– will join the private insurance plans and the patients in countering the extended campaign against the so-called “greed” of the plans. This is the last trick left in the left’s bag: Demonize the insurance companies and make consumers fear the loss of their insurance. Against the backdrop of rising unemployment, Team Obama has only a fear of job loss to use in trying to pry public opinion away from high level of satisfaction with their own policies. In essence, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid side has to persuade significant numbers of Americans that (1) they could lose their job and (2) they won’t be able to get another one before (3) being wiped out by expensive health care needs.

This just isn’t a rational fear for the vast majority of the 90% of the country that is working right now, though that group should fear the economic impact on the country as a whole of massive deficits triggered by Obamacare.

Seniors, who are already covered by Medicare, should be rallying against Obamacare and demanding a funding fix to Medicare, not an exponential weakening of their key safety net by its extension to the poor and uninsured. They should be told again and again that the heart of the president’s program is rationing and a quick transition to Canadian style single payer. Senator Brownback has an op-ed in NationalReview.com that does just this, and it should travel far and wide. AARP has sold out its membership, but seniors are high consumers of news, and before the month is out, they should be set against Obamacare.

Here’s a brief video by South Dakota’s John Thune setting out the basic case against Obamacare. The GOP should be releasing one of these a day, focusing on different parts of the massive Obama-plan:

The momentum is against Obamacare because is it a widely expensive and deeply intrusive attempt to shatter the way Americans get their medical care. Most Americans like most the medical care they receive and justifiably think our system the best medical care in the world. We don’t want Canada’s system. We don’t want Great Britain’s system. And we think there are ways to help the uninsured without burning down the current system.

I will spend most of this week focused on the seniors and taking calls from them because they hold the key to defeating this attempt to rip up the Medicare deal on which they have depended for so long.

If you are a doctor that sees a lot of seniors, please send me an e-mail on what you believe will be the consequences to senior citizens of Obamacare passes. hugh@hughhewitt.com.

And everyone, please sign the petition.

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