The administration’s defense is to accuse critics of being for the status quo. Nonsense. Candidate John McCain and a host of other Republicans since have offered alternatives. Let me offer mine: Strip away current inefficiencies before remaking one-sixth of the U.S. economy. The plan is so simple it doesn’t even have the requisite three parts. Just two: radical tort reform and radically severing the link between health insurance and employment.
Krauthammer hits a nail squarely on the head even as his target was other nails. Over the course of the last couple of weeks I keep seeing the Dems and the Left attempt to paint this as an either-or scenario: either you’re for Obamacare or you’re for the status quo. The term I keep seeing thrown around is “anti-reform” which is as huge a strawman as you’re likely to see in life. Everyone who’s seriously looked at our health care system knows it needs reform. Ask the Dems to point out anyone seriously suggesting that everything just needs to stay the way it is and they’ll start squawking about “mobs” and “astroturfing” but they sure won’t come up with any serious example. Opponents of Obamacare such as myself aren’t “anti-reform” and neither are the people getting angry – and beat up, sometimes – at these town hall meetings. We want reform but it has to be something that’s got a chance of fixing the problems while not both killing the system and driving us all further into debt. (And into government-run health care, besides.)
Krauthammer has ideas similar to those advanced by Republicans in Congress and I recommend reading his article.