President Obama has finally come forth with his own health insurance reform plan. It's basically a re-working of the Senate version, but without the abortion restrictions in the Stupak amendment.
February 24, 2010
Obama's plan mandates everyone have insurance and imposes new taxes. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says it can't provide an estimate of the cost of the Obama plan because it lacks specifics. But since no government program ever costs as much at the start as it does years down the road - think Medicare - you can bet it will add to our already crushing debt.
A Wall Street Journal editorial correctly concludes, "The president's proposal ... manages to take the worst of both the House and Senate bills and combine them into something more destructive. It includes more taxes, more subsidies, and even less cost control than the Senate bill. And it purports to fix the special interest favors in the Senate bill, not by eliminating them - but by expanding them to everyone.
If this monstrosity becomes law, expect an immediate constitutional challenge.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.