Sunday, August 9, 2009

Obama Scores a Zero on Health Care Reform

Bombs on the Fundamentals


Barack Obama’s main argument and the key to his whole presidency seems to be this idea that health care reform will lead to economic recovery. However, what Obama has failed to do is to convince the American public, and mainly conservatives, that it was our present health care system that caused the economic recession of 2007. His failure to convince an intelligent public has caused him to score a big fat zero on fundamental logic.

Obama: "We must lay a new foundation for future growth and prosperity, and a key pillar of a new foundation is health insurance reform."

Conservatives: We believe you create jobs by keeping taxes and regulation low, and litigation at a minimum. Americans succeed when government puts in place positive policies that encourage more freedom, and more opportunity.

Most of us were under the impression that the recession was caused by the failure of our financial system as specifically related to the housing market. We believe that our economy failed due to a combination of easy money, lax mortgage regulations, and the crash in home prices. We also believe that the problems that caused the housing/mortgage crisis have yet to be resolved.

Instead of focusing on the main problem, the one that actually caused our economy to buckle, along comes Barack Obama with the false premise that it was the lack of health care reform that caused the recession. American’s are however, unable to connect the dots. Some key questions are as follows:

  1. How did the lack of health care reform cause the present recession?
  2. How will health care reform lead to economic recovery?
  3. How do you define economic recovery?
  4. Why did Fannie Mae lose another $15 billion in the 2nd Quarter of 2009?
  5. How will passing ‘untested’ (unread) legislation restore America’s confidence in a broken federal bureaucracy?

It is precisely Obama’s inability to answer the above questions that has American’s like myself so ticked off. Instead of recognizing and focusing on the real crisis, Obama has created a make-believe crisis, and he is proposing a make-believe solution.

Will the Obama brand of make-believe health care reform help delinquent consumers pay their bills? Will it keep real interest rates down? Will it create jobs? Will it encourage more freedom and opportunity? Will it balance the current budget deficit?

When Obama can come to the table with a logical argument regarding his proposed government take over of the health care industry, I will be glad to sit down with him, and have a serious conversation. Until then he can look forward to more questions and more dissent.