There he goes again, bound and determined to force the American people to buy something we clearly don’t want. The President took the airwaves to tell us that that a health care “overhaul must go forward.” Gosh, these guys don’t give up.
Who says it must go forward?
Not the American people. Support for the Democrats’ proposed health care overhaul polls worse that did John McCain in October 2008 and no better than Bob Dole did twelve years earlier, and behind Michael Dukakis in 1988, but about even with Walter Mondale in 1984.
More than just being unenthusiastic about the Democrats’ statist approach to health care, we’d also rather they turn their focus to other issues: “Americans overwhelmingly say that their main concern is jobs, and that they are satisfied with their current health care arrangements.” Yet, the Democrats have devoted more legislative hours and the President has devoted more of his time to pushing health care.
Maybe that’s not entirely a bad thing. Democrats think that they only way to create jobs is to spend more government money–and not to remove regulations which would spark private sector activity.
It’s too bad the president learned nothing from the health care summit on Thursday. Had he paid any attention, he would have put forward a compromise approach and abandoned the statist overhaul crafted in Congress, starting afresh by building on the ideas expressed on both sides of the debate.