Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Senate Bill, The "R"-word, and the "M"-word
Politico asks, "Is this the healthcare 'holy war'?"
Holy war? Probably. Word war? You betcha. The folks at Americans For Tax Reform have helpfully counted up the number of times that the word "tax" appears in the Reid bill--183 times. Other buzzkillwords: "taxable" (164), "taxes" (17), "fee" (152), and "penalty" (115).
But the real killer word is the "r"-word--"rationing." The fiasco over those breast-screening guidelines, which the White House rescinded after just the days of withering criticism, is a harbinger of things to come. As Rep. Marsha Blackburn said this morning in the WaPo, "This is how rationing begins...This is when you start getting a bureaucrat between you and your physician."
And so we come to the "m"-word--"more." As Samuel Gompers could have explained, the American people want more healthcare, not less.
Posted by James P. Pinkerton at 7:29 AM