Through this grossly distorted process, the Democratic Majority will attempt to force onto the American public a sweeping government takeover of health care without a shred of bipartisan support, and in spite of opposition by a majority of the people Congress has been elected to serve. They will do so by twisting budgetary and legislative procedures to win a political victory at any cost, by any means - because they cannot do it any other way. The arrogance, the paternalism, the condescension of this action are breathtaking.
The key factors in this extraordinary step are the following:
A Flawed Health Care Bill. The legislation being driven through Congress will lead to further government intrusion in the doctor-patient relationship. It will cause costs to rise and quality to deteriorate, and inevitably lead to rationing of health care, one of Americans’ most valued and personal services.
Worsening a Fiscal Crisis. Making all this worse, these contorted procedures are being used to expand Federal entitlements when the government already faces a potentially disastrous fiscal path B one that threatens to overwhelm the budget and smother the economy - from programs that already exist.
Extraordinary Abuse of Procedure. The Majority is doing all this by distorting budget reconciliation in unprecedented ways. The process has never been used to force through a government expansion of this magnitude - leveraged on a token savings amount, in the face of trillion-dollar deficits, and on a deliberate party-line vote.
Starting Over. There is broad agreement on the need to reform health care. But what is needed is a different vision of how to meet the problems in health care, one that truly addresses the central problem of cost while maintaining a sturdy safety net for those who need it. Such approaches have been available, and still are - and they could lead to a truly bipartisan consensus on reforms that would address the most important and widely acknowledged problems.