Friday, July 24, 2009

Krauthammer 7/24/09

Why Obamacare Is Sinking

My take on Charles Krauthammer's latest. His column was published in the Washington Post.

Summary: Health care has become the signature issue of the Obama Administration but hope and change are not what marks his effort. Old fashioned Democrat special-interest group politics is. Exhibit: The Trial Lawyers Lobby.

This is not about politics? Then why is it, to take but the most egregious example, that in this grand health-care debate we hear not a word about one of the worst sources of waste in American medicine: the insane cost and arbitrary rewards of our malpractice system?

My Views: K leads with the image of rhetoric meeting reality. If only Obama's rhetoric matched reality. I for one was really hoping that a Democratic President could and would take on the Democrat special interests that have hobbled solutions to our political problems for so long. Yet, here there is no hope or change. He criticizes the Republican special interests and supports the Democratic ones. Same old politics; just lots more spending.

Charles Krauthammer is a more establishment columnist. He came to punditry by way of psychiatry (at Massachusetts General Hospital) via the New Republic Magazine. He appears on TV where you never see his wheelchair. Here's his Wiki bio.

He wrote a book which is pictured at the right. I am drawn by the substance and the thinking than any particular writing flair.