Barack Obama: “If there’s a blue pill and a red pill, and the blue pill is half the price of the red pill and works just as well, why not pay half price for the thing that’s going to make you well?” (07/22/09)
Why not take the blue pill? Because the blue pill symbolizes the false hope that Obama is offering the American people. The illusion that health coverage can be universal, with no cost, no rise in taxes, no decline in choice or coverage, no government takeover of the health care system.
Democrats often turn to the playbook of dirty politics, saying that Republicans and conservatives don’t care about ordinary people or the “middle class”. This talk is meant to divide people by “class” or “income”, in the past it has been used to great effect. But this argument is wearing thin with the American public, as people can now plainly see that the Democrats do not care about the American people, and are all too willing to raise taxes to fund their orgy of spending. Obama, and the Democrats have already accumulated a fiscal debt greater than any in world history, and they have done so in just 6 months. And for this debt they have achieved little, no economic recovery, no new jobs, no increase in bank lending, no increase in home sales. They have however saddled all of our children, and grandchildren with a debt they will be forced to pay for decades. Children born today are not going to be better off than their parents or grandparents.
Everyone believes in the need to reform the health care system, no one denies that coverage is too costly. American’s are now asking the question: Does the government need to takeover health care in order to make it cheaper and more accessible? The simple answer is, no. The same bureaucrats responsible for Katrina, are not the people that ought to be in control of the health and welfare of you or your family.
Republicans are offering the Red pill. The pill that offers reality, that offers the belief that reform is needed, but not at the cost of freedom. Freedom of choice is central to allowing competition in the health care market place. Competition which reduces costs, and improves coverage, without placing your very life in the hands of a bureaucrat.
Republicans have a series of thoughtful, simple reforms that will bring down the cost of health care. These include: electronic medical records, tort reform (capping lawsuit damages against doctors), and pooling coverage (allowing small businesses to group together in order to purchase health insurance for employees at a greatly reduced cost). There are many more conservative ideas, that if implemented would extend health care accessibility to the vast majority of Americans, and would do so without putting a bureaucrat in charge of your care, coming between you and your doctor.
The blue pill/red pill was an unknowingly apt analogy for Barack Obama to use. It comes from the movie “The Matrix”:
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, or when go to church or when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.
(In his left hand, Morpheus shows a blue pill.)
Morpheus: You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. (a red pill is shown in his other hand) You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (Neo begins to reach for the red pill) Remember — all I am offering is the truth, nothing more.
So the question the American people must now answer is: Will you take the Blue pill (the poison pill), and remain blissfully unaware of the government control of your lives that Barack Obama is offering, or will you take the Red pill, and realize you must stand up for your freedom, because no one else can do it for you? The choice is yours to make, but not for long, because if Obama gets his way choice is one of the first rights Americans will lose…