January 21, 2011
House Republicans fulfilled their first campaign pledge Wednesday when they voted to repeal Obamacare. They promise to soon introduce a new plan. Twenty-three Democrats in the Senate are up for re-election in less than two years and perhaps some of them could be persuaded to vote for repeal because the measure is so unpopular.
How can anyone believe Obamacare will do what its proponents claim, especially in light of most other things government does? When government runs something it always winds up costing too much and delivering too little.
Can anyone say Medicare? How about Social Security? Those are government-run programs and they are on the verge of insolvency. Why should anyone believe that this time with national health care the government will get it right and the program will live up to its promised expectations?
It will cost far more than they say. Jobs will be lost. Care will be rationed. And the regulations that will surely follow will be another bureaucratic nightmare. It's time to put pressure on the Senate to follow the will of a majority of the public and vote to repeal Obamacare, while replacing it with something that will work.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.