I don’t pretend to be an expert on politics or policy. But I sure nailed this health-care debate two months ago. To wit:
“Barack Obama knows he can’t sell reform to the American people as a matter of wealth redistribution.” Yet the ideological essence of health- care reform is redistributive. It is key to the Left’s idealized vision of the welfare state.
Government-run health care is the unfinished business of liberalism going back to the Truman Administration.
That’s the briar patch President Obama is in right now. He will address Congress tonight, making his last best push for health-care reform... but he will dare not argue that taxpayer-funded health care for everybody is a duty of government.
He knows he can’t sell that.
As for the Right... sure, the Right wants to destroy Obama just for the sake of destroying him. And they’re hitting him with all they’ve got. But that doesn’t mean conservatives are wrong to be suspicious of a “public option.”
Just listen to what “progressive” economist (and former conservative) Glenn Loury has to say about a public option. (“I know I’m not supposed to say this...”)
This 6½-minute video clip sums up the whole issue rather nicely: