Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Foot-In-The-Door Philosophy: How Democrats Are Smuggling Socialized Medicine Into America

The following is a timely reminder for Barack Obama's stimulus crowd from Ronald Reagan circa 1960.

Hauntingly relevant, no?

Titanic Deck Chairs:

If Democrats learned anything from the HillaryCare defeat, it was the danger of admitting to their wish to federalize the health market. Since returning to power, they've pursued a new strategy: to stealthily and incrementally expand government control. "What no one is paying attention to in the [stimulus]," says Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, "is that Democrats are making a big grab at the health-care sector."

The stimulus bill extends Medicare benefits to millions of people who lost work, extends COBRA benefits for years and picks up 65% of those premiums, and attacks the private market in electronic medical records. After passing SCHIP (greatly expanded from the bill Bush vetoed) they are also targeting Medicare for even more expansion.

H/t Maggie's Farm

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