Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What ObamaCare was Really About

Byron York, writing in Townhall.com today tells us What Was ObamaCare Really About. It turns out it was really about redistribution of wealth, but then I don't think anyone is too surprised to find that out. York, quoting Sen. Max Baucus:

Health reform is "an income shift," Democratic Sen. Max Baucus said on March 25. "It is a shift, a leveling, to help lower-income, middle-income Americans."

In his halting, jumbled style, Baucus explained that in recent years, "the maldistribution of income in America has gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle-income class is left behind." The new healthcare legislation, Baucus promised, "will have the effect of addressing that maldistribution of income in America."
And why is that Senator? So what if a CEO makes $84 million and I only make $75 thousand. How am I hurt by that? If they earned it legitimately, then I presume that everybody won, and since I have no stake in their game, how am I hurt? And how am I helped by you taking them down a notch or two for me? Will I get more money as a result? No? Didn't think so. So, what's really going on here is a cynical game in which you get enough people envious of what others have, then steal their money and proclaim yourself a hero. I call that crooked and corrupt.

On the other hand, when you and other members of your party bailed out some Wall Street bankers, who then turned around and granted themselves bonuses, now that did hurt me. You see, you took the money I pay in taxes, and you gave it to them. Now, I could have used that money to help my own family. Instead, it was stolen from me at the point of a gun. Now that really riles me up. If the Wall Street bankers needed a bailout to stay afloat, they should have been allowed to fail. In bankruptcy court, many of their burdens could have been reduced or lifted, and some day they might emerge again as healthy companies. But no, you had to bail them out, and hurt all us "lower-income and middle-income Americans" you claim to be helping.

What humbug.