If liberals are so disturbed by Congress dictating whether abortion is a legitimate health care issue or not, it only makes sense that they should be equally troubled by government management of other health care decisions.(via Protein Wisdom)
Undoubtedly, this is zealously naive thinking on my part. Reaching such a conclusion demands a modicum of consistency. And as we've seen, health care "reform" is an ideological crusade immune from logic.
Take the torrent of hypocrisy that spilled from the jilted pro-choice wing of the Democratic Party after a House amendment to the health care reform bill tightened a ban on federal funds for abortions by a vote of 240-194 -- a more substantial mandate against abortion funding, incidentally, than for health-care reform. . .
I have no doubt that the progressive wing of Congress -- folks who generally support a single-payer plan that would eradicate choice and freedom in health care -- believe government failing to give you something is indistinguishable from government taking something away from you.
Yet, while no one will be stripped of their right to have an abortion under this legislation, the vast majority of citizens will have to deal with a cluster of new mandates and more than 100 new government bureaucracies to enforce them.
Citizens will be ordered to buy insurance or face jail time. Americans will answer to a "commissioner of health choices" and pay extra taxes for having the gall to buy top-of-the- line insurance plans. They will no longer have the right to choose health savings accounts or high-deductible plans or, in most cases, flexible spending accounts.
That's just for starters.
Accordingly, . . . all who voted for America's Affordable Health Choices Act (sic) should, for credibility's sake, refrain from evoking "choice" or "freedom," as they voted against those principles this past week.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
David Harsanyi in the November 11th Denver Post: