The Obama apologists have it wrong

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By Vivek R. Dave

Myth:  Obama doesn’t want government-run healthcare.  

Fact: Obama is on tape recorded as saying, “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program.  I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. “

Gee, sounds like socialized medicine to me. You decide.

Myth: The current leadership is not pushing us towards socialism.

Fact: Obama said the following in an interview on the subject of Civil Rights:

“To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states can’t do to you. It says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf … I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.”

Redistributive change?  Breaking free from essential constraints placed by the Founding Fathers?  Defining what the government must do on your behalf? Is this a move toward socialism, naw, it couldn’t be – go back to sleep!

Myth: There are up to 47 million uninsured Americans.

Fact: 14 million of them are already eligible for other government programs and haven’t signed up. 10 million are in households with household incomes of $75,000 a year and could afford it if they wanted to. Furthermore, an enormous number in that 47 million are not American citizens and many may be illegal immigrants – e.g. 60 percent of the uninsured in San Francisco are not citizens.

Yes, we need reform of existing systems to control costs, but no, we do not need to change the whole system for an illusory 47 million uninsured, which can be demonstrated to a be a far smaller number. Why should hundreds of millions of Americans be put at risk to help a few million truly uninsured who are eligible for assistance?

Vivek R. Dave

Los Alamos