04 Aug 2009 16:32 Filed in: Wave of Mutilation
The Wave of Mutilation is moving East, this time cresting over the President’s health care reform efforts. While not dead yet, his proposals are on life support and—the Tired Donkey predicts—will expire shortly.
Let us review how we got here. Back on July 9, the House Democrats decided that they would pay for Freeloader health care by creating a bunch of new tax brackets for Donkeys earning more than $280,000. The proposal would have these poor Donkeys paying about $550 billion for Freeloader health care over the next 10 years. Yikes!
This was the beginning of the end for the proposal because the Republicans, the Blue Dog Democrats and more centrist Senate Dems rightly fear the wrath of angry Donkeys and even Nancy Pelosi began to talk of a need to reduce the tax burden on us Donkeys. Imagine that!
We are not out of the woods, but national polls clearly show the cresting of the wave (there is even a cute little picture of the wave in the link) as opposition to health care reform balanced on the backs of the donkeys increases. Mark the Tired Donkey’s words: this effort at reform is going to be washed away by the Wave of Mutilation.
But why, you may ask? Isn’t health care reform a good idea? Of course it is. Health care is important, and it would be nice for everyone to have it. But the way in which the current Administration is going about it is all wrong in two important ways. First, the incredible cost of health care is driven by the way we pay our doctors, and getting that under control would solve almost all of our health care funding issues. Really. This is all laid out quite clearly in this brilliant article in The New Yorker from early June. Read it.
Second, we simply can’t squeeze enough money out of the richest donkeys to pay for care in our currently bloated system. Even the New York Times has spelled this out in an article headlined—if you can believe it—”Obama’s Pledge to Tax Only the Rich Can’t Pay for Everything, Analysts Say.” The article concludes with this quote from Isabel Sawhill, a former Clinton administration budget official: “There is no way we can pay for health care and the rest of the Obama agenda, plus get our long-term deficits under control, simply by raising taxes on the wealthy. The middle class is going to have to contribute as well.” The Tired Donkey asks you to please read that quote again. And then recognize that it came from a member of the Clinton administration. Hallelujah!