In what has become usual, President Obama speaks one way to the public while secretly doing the opposite in the Oval Office. Call it the Rahm Effect. Back room dealing, threats and political bribery, all to get what you want even though others strongly disagree, because the public mask will bring you victory as the distorted face of lies remains hidden from view.
Health care reform: Privately, Barack Obama strongly backs public option
Despite months of seeming ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched an intensifying behind-the-scenes campaign to get divided Senate Democrats to take up some version of the idea in the weeks just ahead.
President Barack Obama has long advocated a so-called public option, while at the same time repeatedly expressing openness to other ways to offer consumers a potentially more affordable alternative to health plans sold by private insurers.
But now, senior administration officials are holding private meetings almost daily at the Capitol with senior Democratic staff to discuss ways to include a version of the public plan in the health care bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to bring to the Senate floor later this month, according to senior Democratic congressional aides.
A public option is political suicide, if pundits are to be believed, so why are Democrats pursuing it? What is the plan after the goal of a public option is achieved? Is there one? Socialized medicine? How will the American public react to this? The 2010 and the 2012 elections could be a disaster for the Democrats if voters view it this way, so why are the Democrats doing this and what is their plan already formed by Obama, his staff, advisers and Party leaders?
If a public option is put in place it will eventually destroy the private insurance industry because private industry cannot compete with government. At present there are over 2.2 million people working in insurance and there are X millions of people that work in ancillary and support positions around the nation. Where will they be employed and who will employ them and, more important, who will support them? If millions of workers are put out of work, albeit with health insurance, how will that affect other industries such as the auto industry faced with millions of fewer potential buyers, the entertainment industry, the computer industry, airlines, transportation and on and on down to maids, lawn services that have millions of fewer customers.
The public option is a wild fire that would spread throughout the economy leaving destruction in its nebulous path panicking markets, the nation and, eventually, global markets and nations.
I think it is time for Obama and his ilk to come clean about their plans for their American future.