Excerpts from a piece by Charles Krauthammer

What happened to Obamacare? Rhetoric met reality. As both candidate and president, the master rhetorician could conjure a world in which he bestows upon you health-care nirvana: more coverage, less cost. But you can’t fake it in legislation. Once you commit your fantasies to words and numbers, the Congressional Budget Office comes along and declares that the emperor has no clothes.

He seized on Republican Sen Jim DeMint’s comment that stopping Obama on health care would break his presidency to protest, with perfect disingenuousness, that “this isn’t about me. This isn’t about politics.

It’s all about him. Health care is his signature reform. And he knows that if he produces nothing, he forfeits the mystique that both propelled him to the presidency and has sustained him through a difficult first six months…….Obama is quite prepared to sign anything as long as it is titled “healthcare reform”.

This is not about politics? Then why is it that in this grand health-care debate we hear not a word about one of the worst sources of waste in American medicine: the insane cost and arbitrary rewards of our malpractice system?

Nowhere in this health reform is the argument for tort reform. When doctors are paying upwards of $200,000 for malpractice insurance, and trial lawyers are making millions **cough, cough–John Edwards–cough, cough** off lawsuit after lawsuit……you know something is not right with our medical system. (Somehow Obama fails to mention this, and the mere fact that these costs are passed down to you, the consumer.) And it sure ain’t the millions who choose to go uncovered nor the millions who aren’t even in this country legally.

Despite what the mass media claims, we have the best health-care system in the world. We actually do many things right. We need to take what is right, and build upon it. We need to treat the parts that are broken, and heal them…..without damaging the rest. When you’ve got 84% of the folks satisfied with their health care, it’s not the care that needs reform. Zogby polling also found that most Americans are “unwilling to pay higher taxes and instead favor more innovative approaches that would use the savings from improving care and curtailing waste and fraud to fund health care for the uninsured.”

Please, let’s not overhaul the entire system. That is not the answer. I don’t want to be put on waiting lists. I don’t want my parents to be denied care because they are deemed too old. I don’t want some bureaucrat deciding what doctor I need to go to and what treatment(s) I should receive. Let’s get rid of the fraud, the waste, the frivolous lawsuits. Let’s take the government out and keep the free market in. This country is supposed to be about choice; I want to keep it that way.

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