August 8, 2009

Market Reforms

Yuval Levin says there's an opportunity for conservatives to advance sensible market-based reforms as Obama fails to win over Americans to his health care plan. Well, we'll do what we can....

As they talk to constituents this month and prepare for the resumption of the legislative struggle in the fall, Republicans should stress the excessive ambition of the Democrats' effort--aimed as much at transforming the relationship between the American people and their government as at solving actual problems of health care financing--and should highlight their own more practical, affordable proposals, which need not be undertaken as a single massive transformation in a single bill too long for anyone to read.

Levin has some specifics, and others have been talking about alternative reforms for some time. In May some GOP members of Congress put forward some ideas, and James Capretta has been articulating the issues for years. Here's Rudy Giuliani from 2007. More here from John Steele Gordon.

Some of the best work making the case against the Obama plan has been done by Levin (more here and here) and Capretta, (more here, here, and here) and the two occasionally writing together,

There has been no shortage of serious, well-intentioned criticism of the President's proposals going back months now.

Seems some serious people look at what's actually in the bill and have questions.

Others are just looking for a little more honesty and a little less slander from the Pelosi-Obama team.

So with the community organizing left and their community organizing president now firmly on the record against community organizing for any other than their favored causes....and bathing in the hypocrisy of it all.... they are struggling to portray grassroots criticism of Obamacare as "manufactured" by political operatives, produced by PR men, and populated by an angry mob. And that's not going so well. Tell me again who the self-interested angry thugs are?

Some of the celebrating on the right at the possible demise of the healthcare bill is distressingly premature...because they're going to pass something. It has to be about limiting the damage they can do.

UPDATE: Shut up, the President explained.

Posted by dan at August 8, 2009 8:05 PM