Our Senate Finance Committee voted down the public option. Woo-hoo! Thank goodness; what a terrible idea it is.
Are Republicans simply being bought off by the insurance industry? I don't know, but why shouldn't they be? Insurers know their very future and prosperity is at stake here. That would be like saying a murder defendant hiring a defense lawyer is buying off the legal system. The only difference is, murder defendants have more rights: murder is an actual objective crime, guilt must be factually proven in a court of law, and legislators don't pass laws outlawing your right to defend yourself (i.e. McCain-Feingold). Business can be tried and convicted simply by passing a new non-objective law that arbitrarily makes something illegal.
One of the public option's supporters, Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, sounds like quite the obnoxious altruist:
Rockefeller said that unfair practices by insurance companies required a not-for-profit alternative that would give consumers a lower-cost option and, in some cases, the only coverage they could get.
"They're getting away with banditry. They revel in it," Rockefeller said of tactics by insurance companies to avoid covering high-cost or high-risk consumers.
"I feel so strongly about it because it makes so much sense," he said. "The people I represent need this, because they're helpless" in terms of health insurance.
Rockefeller is confusing banditry with free choice. Companies do not have a moral obligation to cover anyone, or to continue coverage if they choose not to, unless they specifically agree to do so in a prior contract. On the other hand, forcing companies to do the same: forcibly extracting goods and services that would not otherwise have been voluntarily offered, is banditry.
I suspect that if the grandson's policies were put into action, the grandfather's fortune would never have existed; Standard Oil would have been strangled by taxation, regulation, and antitrust, instead of being the great market innovator it was.
Do you want to know what "helpless" really is?
- Helpless is needing care and watching liberals try to push for socialized medicine rather than putting their money where their ideals are and creating a charitable foundation to help you.
- Helpless is watching people like Rockefeller attempt to railroad thuggish legislation through the Senate on waves of pity.
- Helpless is having the government prevent you and your insurance company, or you and your doctor, from engaging in a voluntary arrangement to provide care on terms you both agree on, or having states thwart interstate insurance competition.
- Helpless is being a doctor or insurer, and feeling the tug of being pulled towards a sacrificial altar where you will be offered to the "public good", instead of being free to dictate the terms on which you will live your life and offer goods and services.
- Helpless is being enslaved to pay for the needs of others via taxation, and watching the economy be wrecked by other government actions, so that you have less money available for personal health care.
Health care workers in the Socialist State of New York protested against being forced to get vaccinated. They actually said out loud that the state does not own their body! Now, there may be justification for disease control if it is a mass event that approaches a crisis level and hampers the very functioning of society and government. But we are hardly there yet. Good job, people!