Now that President Obama and congressional Democrats have dug in their heels on passing a healthcare reform bill, it’s clear they are intent on driving off a cliff.
In the latest poll by CNN and Opinion Research, 73 percent of Americans say they are opposed to any healthcare legislation or say they want Congress to start over again with a new bill. Only 25 percent want the current legislation passed.
Even Warren Buffett, a staunch Obama supporter, now says the bill needs to be redrafted to focus on reducing costs by providing the proper “incentives” and getting rid of the “nonsense.”
Why are Democrats so oblivious to the will of the people and the impact on their chances for re-election?
The Democrats honestly believe that they will be seen as saviors because they will expand coverage to millions who don’t have health insurance now.
Never mind that the bill would cost trillions of dollars, increase taxes and premiums, cut Medicare reimbursements, ration treatment, and degrade the quality of care. To cover that up, Obama uses phony figures spelled out in a Wall Street Journal editorial today.
The Democrats’ blindness is akin to the Detroit automakers’ refusal to take into account what consumers want.
John Fitzgerald, president of Fitzgerald Auto Malls in Rockville, Md., says he pointed out to Detroit executives for decades that Consumer Reports’ ratings have a huge impact on what consumers buy. In the 1960s, General Motors and Chrysler represented 66 percent of Consumer Reports’ recommendations, he says, compared with just 14 percent in this decade.
Consumer Reports has consistently given Japanese cars scores far higher scores for quality and reliability than cars made by American manufacturers.
Instead of improving quality to compete with foreign autos, “Anybody from Detroit will tell you that Consumer Reports is biased against them,” Fitzgerald says. “They simply have this closed mind-set, and it’s gotten worse and worse.” He adds, “If you don’t give the consumer what they want, they don’t buy.”
In the same way, Democrats have convinced themselves that they know better than the voters and that they will cover themselves with glory if they pass a healthcare bill.
They are blind to the lesson of the recent Massachusetts election, which sent Scott Brown to the Senate in part because he said he would vote against the Democrats’ healthcare legislation.
Unlike Detroit, Democrats are not about to be bailed out. Instead, they are driving themselves into extinction.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go here now.
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