Sarah Palin and the Dominoes of Health Care Reform

Toppling dominoes is fun. It’s fascinating to plan and set up an elaborate line that curves and weaves across the floor, carefully placing each small block to make sure that when the first one is finally nudged over, it starts the momentum that makes all of the rest eventually fall. The havoc is short lived and easily remedied, and when you’re finished you can always put the dominoes back in the box.

Government programs are frequently the lead domino in a row of cause and effect. Sometimes they’re implemented with less recognition of consequences than you plan for when you begin to set up dominoes on your dining room table.


With Saturday’s Facebook Note, Good Intentions Aren’t Enough with Health Care Reform, Governor Palin points out some of the dominoes that health care reform will topple. She first highlights a few of the problems with the non-Baucus bill of the Senate Finance Committee (Please remember as William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection wrote, THERE IS NO BAUCUS BILL. She is responding to the “concepts” of the Committee.) and warns:

Unintended consequences always result from top-down big government plans like the current health care proposals, and we can’t afford to ignore that fact again.

She outlines some of the consequences set up by the non-Baucus bill, mentioning higher health insurance costs and lower wages and states:

The Senate Finance bill is effectively a middle class tax increase, and as Holtz-Eakin points out, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation those making less than $200,000 will be hit hardest. [6]

She documents the numerous broken promises of President Obama regarding (1) the Stimulus Plan, (2) his pledge of no closed-door meetings with health care lobbyists and (3) his refusal to sign any non-emergency bills before they have been posted on the web for five days, providing opportunity for public review and comment.

Just in case they didn’t get the message the first time, she reminds the Senate Finance Committee that real money can be saved by tort reform before she wryly concludes:

Here’s a novel idea. Instead of working contrary to the free market, let’s embrace the free market. Instead of going to war with certain private sector companies, let’s embrace real private-sector competition and allow consumers to purchase plans across state lines. Instead of taxing the so-called “Cadillac” plans that people get through their employers, let’s give individuals who purchase their own health care the same tax benefits we currently give employer-provided health care recipients. Instead of crippling Medicare, let’s reform it by providing recipients with vouchers so that they can purchase their own coverage.

Now is the time to make your voices heard before it’s too late. If we don’t fight for the market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven reform plan that we deserve, we’ll be left with the disastrous unintended consequences of the plans currently being cooked up in Washington.

Sarah Palin is warning this is one domino row that shouldn’t be toppled.

Crossposted to Be John Galt and J’s Cafe Nette.


H/T: Hot Air, Sarah Palin Facebook Notes, Legal Insurrection, Rogue Doe Cartoon: used by permission.

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