Thursday, September 3, 2009

Why Healthcare Is Not Like Ted Kennedy Jr's Wooden Leg

Tom Daschle, who still visits the White House when he is not visiting with his healthcare provider clients, tells us in a WSJ Op-Ed that the late Ted Kennedy once told his son, Ted Jr, that "You can do anything if you try hard enough."

Daschle takes this absurd Kennedy comment and uses it to cheerlead for Obamacare:

But as Ted Kennedy told his 12-year-old son as he stood before another hill, "You can do anything if you try hard enough." My friend Ted was right then and he was right to press us to move up the hill on health-care reform.

Since the power hungry Daschle was bounced as Obama's choice as Secretary of Health, should we infer that Daschle didn't "try hard enough"?

And since some are for Obamacare and others are against it, the BIG contradiction in Daschle's commentary sticks out like,well, a wooden leg. The pro- and anti- Obamacare advocates aren't both going to get what they want "if they try hard enough."

In the remainder of his absurd commentary, Daschle paints a straw man by stating that the reason healthcare hasn't been passed before is because too many legislators view it as being "too hard." When in fact, most of the objections are not about healthcare being too difficult to pass, but that there is an alternative to government macro and micro management of health care.

In his commentary, Daschle does not even acknowledge that such a free market alternative exists.

The real lesson here is that Ted Kennedy Jr. is never going to win the Boston Marathon, no matter how hard he tries, and Daschle's deceiving happy talk has nothing to do with reality.

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