Morning Line: The arrogance of hope

Sam SmithBefore liberals rant anymore about Judge Vinson’s decision on the healthcare bill, they should read this footnote:

“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that ‘if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.’”

Assuming that Obama is a not a certifiable schizophrenic, then it seems yet another example of him saying one thing and then another for cynical political reasons.

This is not a nice trait, but worse is the arrogance that propels it. Did he really think no one would notice?

There is a similar arrogance hidden just behind the curtain in the whole healthcare bill. The bill has many good points; it will help many to get better healthcare. So why endanger the whole thing with a provision that the president himself said was improper just two years earlier?

That’s not compromise but a narcissistic assumption that just because one has power and talks good, you can manipulate the game anyway you want.

Life, however, doesn’t always work that way, and Obama and his team have endangered the healthcare of millions by their arrogance in this matter.

Of course, if 2012 arrives with the health care bill in limbo or the dumpster, Obama will undoubtedly blame it on the Republicans. But the truth is that Obama could have passed a more modest bill without a known fatal flaw. He could have expanded Medicare as much as was politically possible, but instead he decided to go with a constitutional sleight of hand that even he knew was wrong. History isn’t kind to that sort of thing.


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