When I heard my gal* Carly explain how government regulation makes it difficult for entrepreneurs and employers to create new enterprises and expand existing businesses, I became increasingly enthusiastic about her run for the Senator. Like the Gipper (and yours truly), she understands that government is not the solution to the problem, it is (more often than not) the problem.
Now,with this morning the Weekly Republican Address on health care, she’s done it again, relating his personal battle with breast cancer to the current national debate on health care:
She doesn’t have the Gipper’s fluency of delivery, but does get his basic view of government, particularly when she asks, “Will a bureaucrat determine that my life isn’t worth saving?”
All this takes on even greater urgency in the midst of the ongoing health care debate in Washington. We wonder if we are heading down a path where the federal government will at first suggest and then mandate new standards for prevention and treatment. Do we really want government bureaucrats rather than doctors dictating how we prevent and treat something like breast cancer?
Sounds a lot like Reagan’s address in 1964 when he warned against the belief that “a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”
Carly goes on to point out how the Senate bill would empower government panels to do just that, plan our lives for us by dictating health care solutions from that “far-distant capital.” And while the woman she seeks to replace in the United States Senate, Ma’am Barbara Boxer, struggles with basic facts about the health care bill, the former HP CEO cites language in the bill itself to back up her criticism of this big government boondoggle:
The health care bill now being debated in the Senate explicitly empowers this very task force to influence future coverage and preventive care. Section 4105, for example, authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to deny payment for prevention services the task force recommends against.
Carly doesn’t mince words in criticizing just such a task force, calling it “wrong.” Finally, she offers some solutions based on ideas which have worked, not in the minds of a little intellectual elite, but in the world of real human beings. That’s a real conservative approach to reform, one the Gipper surely would have appreciated.
Just another reason for California conservatives to rally around Carly.
*in the race to replace Ma’am Barbara Boxer in the United States Senate.