Examiner Editorial: Stop kicking through door with health care legislation 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used an unexpected analogy Monday during a conference call with liberal bloggers to discuss Obamacare, saying, “Once we kick through this door, there’ll be more legislation to follow.” At least four things need to be said about Pelosi’s braggadocio.

First, just which door is being kicked in? Since virtually every survey taken in recent months has shown majority opposition to Obamacare, it’s the door to public approval that’s being kicked in by Pelosi and her comrades. Their attitude is that when rational argument fails to persuade a majority of Americans to support Obamacare, it should be jammed down their throats. Pelosi evidently has decided to refine American democracy using the Hugo Chavez manual on public persuasion.

Second, just how hard are Pelosi and other Democratic leaders willing to kick? One thing in the debate has been clear for months: As the public learns more about Obamacare, opposition grows. Pollster Scott Rasmussen’s latest survey finds
53 percent opposed to Obamacare.

It appears that Pelosi and company will keep kicking no matter how great the public opposition.

Third, Pelosi’s candor among friendly bloggers demonstrates that Obamacare is only the beginning, not the end, of the liberal campaign to put bureaucrats between doctors and patients. What will Pelosi seek next in health care reform? An obvious candidate would be the public option not contained in the Senate version that has become the primary legislative vehicle for passing Obamacare. Then, as government health care costs skyrocket, a price-control system won’t be far behind. And, since price controls always cause shortages, the inevitable next step will be rationed health care. At that point, the left will have finally achieved the dream of making American and European health care equally socialized.

Finally, there is the unprecedented “Slaughter Solution” that Pelosi has endorsed in her door-kicking campaign. This legislative monster — named after House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York — would mean that, by passing a health care reconciliation bill, the House would “deem” itself to have also passed the Senate version of Obamacare. Pelosi likes this approach because then “people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill” and theoretically avoid the negative fallout back home.

Huh? No wonder respected nonpartisan political analyst Stuart Rothernberg told the Washington Post that “we’ve leapt to a totally different planet with this deeming. I feel like I’ve fallen through the rabbit hole.”

Actually, Stuart, we’re all being kicked down Pelosi’s rabbit hole.

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