Aside from the sick and twisted joke that was foisted upon us this morning by John Roberts, the most depressing part of all this is that Mitt Romney doesn’t get it. From his remarks (transcribed courtesy of the Wall Street Journal)
“For all those reasons, it’s important for us to repeal and replace Obamacare. What are some of the things that we’ll keep in place, and must be in place, in a reform, a real reform, of our healthcare system? One, we have to make sure that people who want to keep their current insurance will be able to do so. Having 20 million people, up to that number of people, lose the insurance they want, is simply unacceptable. Number two, got to make sure that those people who have pre-existing conditions know that they will be able to be insured and they will not lose their insurance. We also have to assure that we do our very best to help each state in their effort to assure that every American has access to affordable healthcare. And something that Obamacare does not do that must be done in real reform is helping lower the cost of healthcare and health insurance. It’s becoming prohibitively expensive.
It is apparent that Romney doesn’t object to the Federal Government meddling in people’s health care. Romney object because Obama did it different than he would have. The choice isn’t between one person who believes that the government has a duty to meddle in people’s lives versus somebody who thinks that people have a right to live their lives as they see fit. The choice is between somebody who thinks that the government should mandate what you can buy and whether or not you buy it and another guy who just wants to tell the insurance companies what they can sell you and what they can charge and what they must cover.
Both approaches are doomed to disaster. There is only one option that will reform healthcare and that is to get the government out of it entirely. No more medicare, no more medicaid, no more mandates that large companies must provide health insurance as a benefit and no more Obamacare. That is what it will take to fix health care in this country. When you can’t pawn the cost for your poor choices on to some other guy – that’s when you’ll see people taking responsibility for their own health.
There is no substitute for personal responsibility. Mitt Romney would do well to watch some of Reagan’s speeches. Because Reagan had it right when he said,
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.
From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.
I have not been this discouraged about the future of the United States in my lifetime. We have a narcissistic communist as President and the presumptive Republican nominee for the Presidency just doesn’t get it. As horrible as Obama’s Presidency is, at this point in time, I cannot in good conscience support Mitt Romney.
May God have mercy on us. Only He can save this country now.