Romney, the solution to ObamaCare
By Ann Coulter
Published: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 9:03 p.m.
The single most important issue in this election is ending the national nightmare of ObamaCare.
If ObamaCare is not stopped, it will permanently change the political culture of this country. There will be no going back. America will become a less productive, less wealthy nation. What wealth remains will have to be plowed into ObamaCare.
As with all liberal schemes requiring lots of government workers — which is the Democrats' true constituency — liberals claimed there was a crisis of millions of uninsured. But there was no crisis. Poor people have Medicaid.
Democrats threw around phony statistics and outright lies: “40 million uninsured!” Only if we're including illegal aliens. “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it!” A 2011 McKinsey study found that a majority of employers who understand ObamaCare say they'll have to drop their employees' health coverage.
The reason we have ObamaCare is not because the public was clamoring for the federal government to take over health care. It's because the Democrats had 60 senators.
Unlike all other major legislation in the nation's history, ObamaCare was passed exclusively by one party that had won an aberrationally large majority in Congress. Not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted for it. Nationalizing one-sixth of the economy is not the kind of thing that should be passed by one party sneering, “Ha, ha — we have 60 votes!”
So now hundreds of billions of tax dollars are going to have to be collected for a nonexistent “crisis” to pay for a solution unrelated to the problem.
As soon as all Americans have been thrown off their employer-provided insurance plans and are forced to start depending on the government for health care, Republicans will never be able to repeal it. The private insurance market will be gone.
The Democrats' idea for funding their endless government programs is always the same: Tax the rich and just keep taxing them, no matter how high taxes have to be raised. Such people simply cannot grasp that doubling tax rates will not double government revenues because people won't work as hard for half the money.
Even before the train wreck of ObamaCare, health care was half-a-disaster because that's the percentage of medical care in this country that was already provided by the government — via Medicare, Medicaid, veterans hospitals and other public hospitals.
Lifelong politicians haven't the first idea what an efficient, operating system would even look like. If only we had a presidential candidate who had spent his life working in the private sector …
You know who specializes in rescuing failing enterprises and making things work? Mitt Romney.
As governor, Romney didn't have the ability to reform Medicare or change federal laws requiring hospital emergency rooms to treat every illegal alien, drug dealer and vagrant who rolled in the door. But within the restrictions imposed by federal law, Romney came up with the most free-market solution available to improve health care in Massachusetts.
Not only has Romney promised to issue a 50-state waiver from ObamaCare on his first day in office and then seek a formal repeal and replacement, but he'll know how to do it.
The only way to rid ourselves of this national poison pill, set to destroy both health care and the nation at large, is to elect Mitt Romney our next president.
Ann Coulter is legal affairs correspondent for Human Events.
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