Friday, April 02, 2010

Obamacare as Wealth Redistribution

Obamacare was mainly aimed at redistributing wealth

By talking openly about redistribution, Baucus and others have gone seriously off-message. Democrats knew there was no way they could ever sell a national health care bill to a skeptical public by basing their case on income inequality. That's one reason they went to such lengths to argue -- preposterously, in the view of most Americans -- that the bill could cover 32 million currently uninsured people and still save the taxpayers money...

This week the DNC group Organizing for America offered a commemorative certificate to supporters who helped pass the health care bill. The certificate said, "We achieved the dream of generations -- high-quality, affordable health care is no longer the privilege of a few, but the right of all."

No rational person could argue that only "a few" had health care, or health insurance, for that matter. 85% of Americans have health insurance they enjoy. And everyone can get care. But in arguing that only a privileged few are getting something everyone else is left out of, Dems appealed to the basest of human instincts: greed and envy.