There are only two categories of people that cross (s)words with Dr. Charles Krauthammer: geniuses and damned fools. I’m probably now and forever going to embed myself in the latter group. But here goes anyway…
In yesterday’s (March 6) brilliant piece, “The Great Non Sequitur“, Krauthammer missed the true importance and deeply subtle tone of Obama’s (and our society’s) approach to aging – Obama simply sees it as too expensive (and possibly even too inconvenient… See “Soylent Green” and Social Security.) It’s very plain and very simple – under Obama’s plan, there will be four entities that decide health care (especially for our aging society):
- Government (Yeah… The same Gov’ment that can’t even dole out license plates or count votes, and now wants to “help” make life or death decisions.) If the following quote from of all people Sen. Robert Byrd doesn’t scare the snot out of you, nothing will…
“Too often,” Mr. Byrd said in a letter to Mr. Obama, “I have seen these lines of authority and responsibility become tangled and blurred, sometimes purposely, to shield information and to obscure the decision-making process.”
Put another way, if you can’t afford proper treatment, well then, you’ll get the “proper treatment”… Sucks to be you.
Dr. Krauthammer, you got your diagnosis right, just anemic in its extent…You wrote…
“Clever politics, but intellectually dishonest to the core. Health, education and energy — worthy and weighty as they may be — are not the cause of our financial collapse. And they are not the cure. The fraudulent claim that they are both cause and cure is the rhetorical device by which an ambitious president intends to enact the most radical agenda of social transformation seen in our lifetime.”
Set aside the education and energy for just a moment… Focus on the aging 800 pound gorilla that is Medicaid/Medicare/Social Security…
Obama has a plan, and it probably ain’t going to be what the doctor ordered… Not even you, Dr. Krauthammer.