Have you noticed something about
the audiences that President Obama has cherry-picked to
cheer his government health care takeover roadshow?
getting younger and younger.
On Wednesday, Obama brings the
traveling campaign to
High School in St. Louis, Mo., for a closed-door,
invitation-only speech. If he doesn`t end the endless
"No More Time For
Talk" talks soon, he`ll be peddling Democratic
reconciliation tactics on
But desperate times call for
demagogic measures. True to form, the Obama White House
is wielding the human
kiddie shield as its last-stand defense for Demcare.
On Monday, Obama surrounded himself
with a ticketed-only crowd of Arcadia University college
Pennsylvania (sprinkled with
purple-shirted officials from the Service Employees
International Union, natch). The Washington-based
commander in chief traveled outside his Beltway bubble
to a campus bubble to trash the political climate, which
"That`s just how
Washington is. They can`t help it," he
pontificated as the idealistic young students nodded
like empty bobbleheads.
You won`t be surprised by Obama`s
biggest applause line of the speech: peddling a Big
Nanny provision in the Senate-passed health care bill
that requires insurance plans that cover dependents to
provide benefits to children up to age 26. Vowed Santa
"If you`re a
young adult, which many of you are, you`ll be able to
stay on your parents` insurance policy until you`re 26
years old." Whoops and huzzahs erupted from the
eager wards of the permanent, ever-expanding Nanny
As I`ve reported before, there are
now an estimated 20 states that have already passed
legislation requiring insurers to cover adult children.
The slacker mandates cover
ranging in age from 24 to 31. And it`s these very
government health care mandates that contribute to
rising health care costs.
But there was no time for higher
learning at Arcadia University. Out: education. In:
love you!" screamed a
cult follower in the stands.
"Love you back,"
Now comes word from The Hill that
Senate Democratic leaders want to graft Obama`s
single-payer plan to nationalize the student loan market
onto the Senate health care reconciliation bill. That
way, Obama`s college-age foot soldiers can argue that a
vote against Demcare is a vote against The Children.
How low can they go? One of Obama`s
youngest lobbyists—11-year-old Marcelas Owens of
Washington State—traveled to D.C. on Tuesday on the dime
astroturf group HCAN (Health
Care for America Now). His 27-year-old mother,
Tiffany, died of pulmonary hypertension. According to
the family, Ms. Owens—a single mother of three—lost her
job as a fast-food manager and lost her insurance. She
received emergency care and treatment throughout her
illness, but died in 2007.
Young Marcelas—goaded by his
left-wing activist grandmother and promoted by
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray—is now a regular on the
pro-Obamacare circuit and is leading a congressional
sit-in until the Democratic plan passes. He admits he
doesn`t understand the complexities of health insurance
reform and doesn`t
anyone`s fault" that his mom passed away.
"But they could have done more" for her, he says.[Boy
who lost mom takes health-care story to D.C.,
By Kyung M. Song,
Seattle Times, March 8, 2010]
It`s a heart-wrenching story, but
the tale raises more questions than it answers.
Washington State offers a plethora of existing
government assistance programs to laid-off and
unemployed workers like Marcelas` mom. Why didn`t she
enroll? Second, she died nine months after she
reportedly lost her health insurance. By the time she
lost her coverage through her employer, she was
apparently already in dire health straits. It`s not
clear that additional doctors` visits in the subsequent
months would have prevented her death.
All that said, the Owens` case
demonstrates the flaws of the employer-based system of
health insurance. It needs real reform. Unfortunately,
the current crop of Democratic plans would leave the
employer-based system fully intact. What we need are
grownups to start over from scratch and leave the kids
on the playground.
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