“Obamacare is to Medicare what ACORN is to [Child] Protective Services.”
That’s the line that was best received by the 600-plus person audience at a debate on Obamacare I participated in, along with University of Colorado Law School professor Paul Campos, Thursday night in Denver. Campos, who writes for The Daily Beast and is a reliable lefty, earned enormous points with the mostly hostile-to-Obamacare crowd simply for showing up to defend the general outlines of the various “reform” proposals under consideration by Congress.
That’s more than most Democratic members of Congress will do, and with reason. Obamacare can’t be defended if the right questions are asked of its proponents — questions almost never posed by the legacy media.
Our debate’s moderator was John Andrews, a former Colorado state senator, founder of the Independence Institute and now head of Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute. Andrews structured our exchange so that we could ask each other questions. And as would be the case in any setting, Obamacare cannot be defended against very simple, very direct questions.
Here are the handful of questions every sponsor of any version of Obamacare ought to be obliged to answer, in detail:
Tens of millions of Americans who like their health insurance and didn’t vote to have it overhauled, even if they voted for “change,” are scared. Congressional Democrats ignore the deep, passionate and informed opposition to Obamacare at their political peril. Continued attempts to jam down this huge lurch to the left will result in a massive swing to the right in November 2010.
Examiner columnist Hugh Hewitt is a law professor at Chapman University Law School and a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host who blogs daily at www.HughHewitt.com.