History was made tonight. In the past year the American people said they did not want socialized medicine. Tonight the Democrats said “Tough. You’re getting socialized medicine whether you like it or not because we know what’s good for you better than you know.”
Socialized medicine is here to stay. The Republicans will not repeal this legislation. I write this first because they never have significantly rolled back the welfare state. The programs of the New Deal and the Great Society are all still here with us; they created the mess we’re in today. Nobody talks about repealing them.
Second, if you listened to the final speeches of Republican John Boehner and Democrat Nancy Pelosi before the vote, it was obvious who would win, and it was obvious that socialized medicine is here to stay.
John Boehner gave an impassioned speech, during which the Speaker warned him to remember the dignity of the House, I guess because Boehner repeated the word hell. He argued against dubious procedure, Democrat lies and the awful practical results this bill will bring. All of these are good points, but they don’t get at the essential argument against socialized medicine.
Nancy Pelosi argued that health care is a right. She went straight to the altruist morality of our culture, and she won the argument.
John Boehner did not argue that health care is not a right. Without moral certainty, the Republicans will never roll back socialized medicine.
We can’t even begin to know how this bill will worsen our lives. It turns doctors into creatures of the state. Rationing will have to happen, as it always does in socialism. Taxes will rise. 16,000 new IRS agents will be hired to audit Americans, taking us closer to a police state.
For a long time we have been more like Mussolini’s Italy than Jefferson’s America. Tonight we took another leap down the road to serfdom. The America we once knew — a safe and happy place full of “can do spirit” and productive individualists — is now dead. With fear and loathing we look toward the new America.