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Camille Paglia nails Democrats on health care reform

When Camille Paglia really gets going, she's hard to stop:

I just don't get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.

As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support. How is it possible that Democrats, through their own clumsiness and arrogance, have sabotaged healthcare reform yet again? Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn't conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it's the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan -- it's the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.

... [S]omehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government, which they revere as a godlike foster father-mother who can dispense all bounty and magically heal all ills. The ethical collapse of the left was nowhere more evident than in the near total silence of liberal media and Web sites at the Obama administration's outrageous solicitation to private citizens to report unacceptable "casual conversations" to the White House. If Republicans had done this, there would have been an angry explosion by Democrats from coast to coast. I was stunned at the failure of liberals to see the blatant totalitarianism in this incident, which the president should have immediately denounced. His failure to do so implicates him in it.

Ouch. And that's from someone who "voted for Obama and continue[s] to support him."

Like an increasing number of Americans, Paglia understands the vast differences between what the President has promised, what his policy wonks have advocated, and what Congress has actually delivered. As Paglia points out, there are several competing health care reform bills circulating through House and Senate committees, but there is no official health care reform plan from the White House. So how are we to believe President Obama's promises about what is in "his plan" when the truth is he has no plan? Right now it seems that the White House is simply giving Congress carte blanche to come up with whatever health care reforms it can, under the assumption that President Obama will just rubber stamp whatever Reid and Pelosi hand him to sign.

Ironically, what President Obama promised during the campaign was a series of open and honest health care reform debates that would be broadcast on CSPAN. According to Candidate Obama, health care reform debates would never be held behind closed doors. The details would be openly discussed, and public access to the debate process would ensure that special interests did not hijack health care form bills. "Accountability" would be the gold standard for health care debates. According to Candidate Obama, the American people deserve to know exactly what is to be included in any health care reform legislation voted on by Congress. Go ahead - watch for yourself:

President Obama says that he does not support a national "single payer" health plan, because it would be "too disruptive." And the President has promised over and over again that if you like your current employer-provided private insurance plan, "nothing will change" if the current House health care reform bill (or something like it) is signed into law. Yet one of his chief health care policy architects, Professor Jacob Hacker, told an audience just last year:

"Someone told me this was a Trojan horse for single-payer. Well, it's not a Trojan horse, right? It's just right there. I'm telling you. We're going to get there, over time, slowly, but we'll move away from reliance on employer-based health insurance as we should, but we'll do it in a way that we're not going to frighten people into thinking they're going to lose their private insurance. We're going to give them a choice of public and private insurance when they're in the pool, and we're going to let them keep their private employer-based insurance if their employer continues to provide it."

President Obama smoothly assures us that under the proposed health care reforms there will be no "rationing," and that everyone will continue to receive the best available treatment options. Yet President Obama himself, as well as several of his top health care policy advisers, are all on the record questioning the "sustainability" of expensive major medical procedures for the elderly or the terminally ill.

If you eliminate the phoney-baloney professional astroturf marketing program currently being implemented by the Obama White House in order to sell health care reform, and look solely at statements by Obama Administration advisers, prominent Democrat politicians, and President Obama himself, the ultimate goal of the current Democrat-authored health care reforms would seem to be a single-payer universal health care system driven primarily by cost control and efficiency standards, where patients would be scrutinized based on age and overall health before medical care is approved, in order to ensure that money spent on expensive medical procedures represents a worthwhile investment of government dollars.

Of course that's not what President Obama is promising. But nowadays fewer and fewer Americans seem to be willing to believe what the President promises about a "plan" that, in reality, doesn't even exist.


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Comments (31)

"I Have Not Said That I Was... (Below threshold)

"I Have Not Said That I Was a Single-Payer Supporter" - Barack Obama

"I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program." - Barack Obama

"Lots of lies being told about health care. I agree with those who say it's un-American." - Victory is Ours

The problem is when the end... (Below threshold)
Russell Lynn Author Profile Page:

The problem is when the end justifies the means, why wouldn't he lie? Liberals are very good at self delusion.

Obama promised during the c... (Below threshold)

Obama promised during the campaign was a series of open and honest health care reform debates that would be broadcast on CSPAN. According to Candidate Obama, health care reform debates would never be held behind closed doors.

Would that be like Obama's closed door meetings with drug manufacturers, in which they pledged $150 million for his dis-information campaign in exchange for having to give up only $80 BILLION in profits over the next 10 years?

Poor Camille Paglia. She h... (Below threshold)

Poor Camille Paglia. She has yet to realize that Barry makes lots of "promises". It's keeping them that's the hard part. But not to worry Camille. I'm sure that Barry will make another promise tomorrow just to keep you happy. For a little while. And it's all George Bush's fault anyway. That dumb cowboy made the job look so easy, even a no-experience state legislator and some-time senator could do it.

Camille Paglia, socialite s... (Below threshold)

Camille Paglia, socialite scold extraordinaire, anti-feminist feminist, sticking up for the little guys! My favourite Paglia quote:

It is woman's destiny to rule men. Not to serve them, flatter them, or hang on them for guidance. Nor to insult them, demean them, or stereotype them as oppressors.

Anyway, interesting read here about the perils of publicly funded healthcare.

"...only the names have bee... (Below threshold)

"...only the names have been changed to protect the identity of my family."

And no one can check on my story. And no one in the medical community can raise questions about modifying an MRI machine in minutes.

"... [S]omehow liberals ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

"... [S]omehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government, which they revere as a godlike foster father-mother who can dispense all bounty and magically heal all ills."

I could not agree more. The state as God. I can only assume that it stems from leftists' feeling that they are incapable of doing anything for themselves. Everything must be done for them and any challenging circumstance must stem from something that has been done to them. The remainder are just power mad. These want to be gods bestowing favor or disfavor on whomever they will.

The most encouraging words ... (Below threshold)

The most encouraging words in the article are the last paragraph - fewer and fewer people are willing to believe Obama any longer.

It is always discouraging to admit you were wrong, but many who voted for Mr. Hope/Change are coming to the realization he was all Smoke/Mirrors.

I'm still amazed that Salon... (Below threshold)

I'm still amazed that Salon actually allowed the article to be published. Guess it's because Paglia is still an ardent Obamabot and she manages to cast a lot of blame on Pelosi and Reid. I still have to snicker about her assertion that Obama's main strength is in foreign policy. Yeah Camille, I can just feel the love out there.

"Someone told me this wa... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Someone told me this was a Trojan horse for single-payer. Well, it's not a Trojan horse, right? It's just right there."

I love it: It's not a Trojan Horse because it is too obviously moving to single payer. A Trojan Horse would conceal that fact I suppose.

I'm glad we cleared that up.

Actually, you can, perhaps,... (Below threshold)
Sabba Hillel:

Actually, you can, perhaps, claim that Obama's main strength is foreign policy. What that means is that his grasp of economics and domestic policy is even worse than his naive, foolish, and counterproductive foreign policy. It just means that he has managed to destroy more of our domestic policy than he has our standing in the rest of the world.

I believe that it is called "damning with faint praise".

Hyperbolist - Than... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Hyperbolist -

Thanks for the anecdote. I'll still pass. I guess I look at the survival data on cancer patients from EVERY country with socialized medicine and see that the ALL DIE from their diseases with greater frequency.

You can keep the anecdote and I'll rely on the statistical evidence that the long waiting lists for treatment actually do have a sharply negative impact on survival and quality of life for those who do survive.

There's a reason they want you to have end of life counseling...you're going to need it.

Sucks to be eaten by one of... (Below threshold)

Sucks to be eaten by one of your own, doesn't it, libs.

I can only assume that i... (Below threshold)

I can only assume that it stems from leftists' feeling that they are incapable of doing anything for themselves.

Jeff, you've been rubbing shoulders with WildWillie a bit too frequently. The CEO of my company is a left-liberal. Did someone do that for him? Or perhaps if he were a conservative instead, he would be President of the Universe by now?

Dumb generalization dude.

Peter: Camille Paglia is no... (Below threshold)

Peter: Camille Paglia is not a liberal. She's an antagonist. Look up what Molly Ivins had to say about her.

Loving Simone de Beauvoir doesn't make you a liberal or a feminist when you spend the better part of your career shitting on every other feminist. That would be like me saying "I love William F. Buckley Jr.!" and then publishing hundreds of thousands of words about how every other conservative is a moron.

She's amusing, and independent, but you can't classify her on the typical right-left dichotomy. If so, it would have to be 'ideologically confused'. I guess 'non-beholden' would be more charitable.

If Paglia is so smart and s... (Below threshold)
bill glass:

If Paglia is so smart and so insightful, and George W. Bush is, as she says, buffoonish and feckless, why then does she still support obama? Because she wants the europeans to like us. Wow, now that's a great foreign policy. That, plus the approval of all the elite liberal snobocracy will get you what you've now got - a likeable disaster. Hope and change. What a joke!

When I look at Pres. Obama'... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

When I look at Pres. Obama's handing of Gatesgate, from the start through his beer garden scene, Camille's word buffoonish actually seems quite appropriate.

When I compare Obama's behavior in the ObamaCare campaign to his promises in the above video, Camille's word feckless seems most appropriate.

No wonder she's critical of what's going on now.

Hyper, let's talk about Ms. Paglia's personal merits another time/another place.

Hyperbolist pulls the ever ... (Below threshold)

Hyperbolist pulls the ever tiring defense when Obama is criticized. Demean the writer. ww

Camille Paglia is ... (Below threshold)
Camille Paglia is not a liberal

Eh. Despite her penchant for ragging on certain sacred cows on her side of the aisle, and also admitting in print that not all conservatives are knuckle-dragging baboons, when it comes down to her actual politics, pretty much every policy position I have seen her espouse is liberal. So it isn't amiss to refer to her as one.

She refers to herself as a "libertarian", but the only place she's a libertarian is below the waist.

Hyperbolist pulls ... (Below threshold)
Hyperbolist pulls the ever tiring defense when Obama is criticized.

It is straight from Alinsky's Rules for Radicals the Lib playbook.

RULE 5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is no defense. It's irrational. It's infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. RULE 10: "If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive." RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

Look at how the left treats the Tea Partiers. The call them Tea Baggers and racists. Once you successfully marginalize the opposition you don't need to engage them.

Look at what they are doing with people who protest Obamacare. Again they are racists, Nazis, un-American, a mob, they're irrational, they're astroturf, etc. etc. etc. Say enough disparaging things, paint everyone with a broad brush and now they can be ignored.

Thanks for saving me the tr... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Thanks for saving me the trouble, OregonMuse.

"The CEO of my company is a... (Below threshold)

"The CEO of my company is a left-liberal."

Yea, there are a lot of them in the US. Some subscribe it to the fact they 'feel guilty' about their success. "Limousine liberals" is the phrase most often used. Liberal until their income/lifestyle is threatened. Examples: Al Gore, the Rev Wright, and Barry Obama.

So Obama's strength is his ... (Below threshold)

So Obama's strength is his foreign policy? Did I hear that someone actually said that? Guess he is better at foreign policy, considering he thinks there are 58 states in the Good Ole USA. I am not an educated person, but even I know there are only 50. Guess the teleprompter was still broken when he said that. Do we really need someone in this high an office who does not even know how many states there are? Do we need someone who can't even hold a casual conversation without the use of the teleprompter?

Hold on America - we are in for a really rough ride.

jim?jim?A... (Below threshold)



Anyone see our troll..er..pal jim?

Thought he'd jump right in on this one to protect his Obamassiah.

Please name a Presidential ... (Below threshold)

Please name a Presidential Candidate that made campaign promises and has managed to keep each and Every one. Bush Sr promised no new taxes in a World famous soundbite. a promise he had to retract, later. Every candidate holds sparkly-eyed ideals deep in his heard, which Congress and the harsh realities of governance proceed to beat out of him, once he is elected.

Besides, Obama does not make the laws, which is what a health care BILL would be. He is guilty of not guiding the process, but that's not his style. he will let Congress do their job, and then step in to tweak the finished product. Congress has a closer ear to the people, so they will have to create a law that will serve the people, not one that will serve the President.

and finally, I find it funny that over the past 8 years the Republican Congress has stuffed every bill to bursting with earmarks netting cash for their pet projects and political contributors. And yet, once the Democrats achieve power and begin creating a bill that will help millions of Americans who are suffering without health insurance, its suddenly "big government spending the people's money"

BTW, the Tea Party movement... (Below threshold)

BTW, the Tea Party movement started calling themselves "tea baggers". Granted, it is cruel and petty to ridicule them for that name, but it is pretty ridiculous.

Obama lies, freedom dies.<b... (Below threshold)

Obama lies, freedom dies.

@Kenneth IRT #26Bu... (Below threshold)

@Kenneth IRT #26

Bush Sr didn't get reelected either did he?

The problem I have with Obama's promises is that ALL of them are being disregarded or being done falsely, except the promise to close GitMo and even that he only signed knowing full well it wouldn't happen before next year if at all.

Lower taxes, until next April when people realize they didn't pay enough and now OWE the government.

No Lobbyists in my administration...unless I change my mind.

And as for Congress beating ideals out of them? Are you serious? You think this congress is doing anything of the sort? This is "Thank You GOD" Obama we are talking about.

Congress has a closer ear to the people...That would work if Congress actually listened to the people. This group of Democrats believe they know best and that anyone who disagrees with them is simply too stupid to know better. Law to serve the people...yeah right, these laws are to serve the Government!

The republican earmarks yous peak of are absolutely IRRESPONSIBLE and I agree with you, they talked of small govt but did whatever it took to get that extra billion alloted to their district.

That being said, The entire stimulus bill was pork. If they really wanted to inject money into the economy all they had to do was stop collecting taxes for a couple of months. That would have given the money straight back to the people who needed it without wasting money on govt paychecks.

But there is no way they could let people see just how much they really pay in taxes. If I got my paycheck and it was 3000 a month instead of 2400 a month I would sure as hell be angry when they started collecting my hard earned dollars again.

Thats why I support the Fairtax. Only get taxed on things you buy. And if people put all that money int he bank instead of spending it (like rich people you hate) it is actually better for the economy because it makes my money worth more.

BTW, the Tea Party... (Below threshold)
BTW, the Tea Party movement started calling themselves "tea baggers".

Uh, no. They actually refer to themselves as "tea partiers." The "teabaggers" slur came from some liberal hack "reporter" on MSNBC.

Kenneth (25), no president ... (Below threshold)

Kenneth (25), no president keeps all of their campaign primises. But I've never seen a president abandon so many so quickly. Some of the more egregious are:

Sunlight Before Signing promise
No jobs for lobbyists
Earmark reform
Executive signing statements

As for Bush sr, he indeed broke his famous "no new taxes read my lips promise". And what happened? Conservatives voted him out.

As to your last point in 25, repubs haven't controlled congress for the last 8 years.
However, when they did they showed no fiscal restraint at all. As such, conservatives voted them out.

That's usually what happens. Conservatives hold their representatives accountable. Dems not so much.

regarding the teabaggers comment, OregonMuse is correct.

The liberal demacratic donk... (Below threshold)

The liberal demacratic donkey has bumps on its head from being wacked so much but is still to stupid to notice






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