Health Care, Taxes, Civil Society and Jungle Gyms

By June 15, 2009Health Care

Waiting for the CBO cost estimate for Sen. Kennedy’s health care plan, we see the following items of interest:

Washington Post, page one, “Obama Is Pressed to Tax Health Benefits“: “The White House is caught in a battle within its own party over how to finance a comprehensive overhaul of America’s health-care system, as key Democrats advocate a tax plan that could require President Obama to break his campaign pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class”

Washington Post, Robert Samuelson, “Wrong Way on Health ‘Reform’“: “It’s hard to know whether President Obama’s health-care ‘reform’ is naive, hypocritical or simply dishonest. Probably all three. The president keeps saying it’s imperative to control runaway health spending. He’s right. The trouble is that what’s being promoted as health-care ‘reform’ almost certainly won’t suppress spending and, quite probably, will do the opposite.”

Washington Times, Mark Steyn, “Being taken care of weakens us“: “[To] demand a government organized on the principle of pre-emptively ‘taking care’ of potential vulnerabilities is to make all of us, in the long run, far more vulnerable. A society of children cannot survive, no matter how all-embracing the government nanny.”

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), ranking Republican, Senate HELP Committee, “What’s in the Fine Print? Sidewalks, Grocery Stores, and Jungle Gyms“: ““The Kennedy-Dodd bill will pave sidewalks, build jungle gyms, and open grocery stores, but it won’t bring down health care costs or make quality coverage more affordable…In a time of record debt and deficits, how can Democrats justify the wasteful spending in this bill?”

Washington Post, Chris Cillizza, “Foes of Health-Care Plan Off to a Slow Start“: “In the health-care debate, most of the interest groups have stayed at the negotiating table hoping that, as the old joke goes, ‘the cannibals would eat them last,’ ” said Larry McCarthy, a Republican consultant who closely tracks the world of outside interest groups”

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