Charles Krauthammer Gives ObamaCare Two Thumbs Down

Conservative Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer thinks ObamaCare is a fantasy that the president will not be able to deliver.

According to Krauthammer, President Obama promised healthcare reform claiming that medical costs are ruining the economy.  Now, the Congressional Budget Office has said that the Democrats’ healthcare plan will increase costs by more than $1 trillion.

“In response, the president retreated to a demand that any bill he sign be revenue neutral,” Krauthammer said.  “But that’s a classic misdirection:  If the fierce urgency of healthcare reform is to radically reduce costs that are producing bobama-care-tlnudget-destroying deficits, revenue neutrality (by definition) leaves us on precisely the same path to insolvency that Obama himself declares unsustainable.”

Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said that the president was “unhelpful” for ruling out taxing employer-provided insurance plans to help pay for coverage.  The House’s conservative Blue Dog Democrats are wincing at what they see as skyrocketing healthcare reform costs.

Krauthammer contends that “The president is therefore understandably eager to make this a contest between progressive Democrats and reactionary Republicans.  He seized on Republican Senator Jim DeMint’s comment that stopping Obama on healthcare would break his presidency to protest, with perfect disingenuousness, that ‘this isn’t about me.  This isn’t about politics.'”

Considering that the Clinton administration is considered successful by many despite its inability to pass healthcare reform, Krauthammer’s opinion may be overly negative if current efforts fail.  Plus, characterizing a cause that 74 percent of Americans support as a personal whim of the president seems unfair.  Also, 30 states have the same form of a public option for health insurance and studies show that residents support it overwhelmingly.  The issue is really about how to pay for it and here, the president will have to level with the American people about the real cost.

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