Monday, March 22, 2010

The health care reform bill "socialist"? Ha! Give me a break!

If only it were. Instead, what it is (as I'm sure a few of my friends have already noted elsewhere) looks more like something conservatives would have hatched back in the early 1990s:
David Frum makes a point similar to one I noted twice today (here and here):
The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan. It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994.
And, as such, he is correct that there was real and serious room for negotiation with Republicans, had they been willing to participate.
The rhetoric we've been treated to (and will continue, unfortunately to be treated to) would make the new soon-to-be law appear to be something concocted by Fidel Castro. Hardly. However, we might use the rhetoric that is spouted by talk show hosts, GOP politicians, and Tea Partiers alike as a testament to the raw manipulation abilities of a few with some serious influence and the sheer lack of knowledge about history and politics by so many of the right's current crop of true believers.

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