Thursday, April 15, 2010
Repeal of Obamacare: Why does it bother progressives so much?
Why does the thought of the impending repeal of Obamacare anger "progressives" so much? Is it simply the horror at seeing so much hard work and lobbying going to waste? the bitter taste of an issue that once favored Democrats turning into ashes in their mouth (and an albatross on their necks)?
No, it's more than that. It's something more profound and philosophical. The impending repeal of Obamacare (and the popularity of the repeal issue among independents) is so jarring to "progressives" for a deeper reason that challenges the fundamental core of the progressive ideology.
It is, as Henry Hazlitt so intelligently said, "because by implication it challenges the present smugly fashionable assumption that every change means progress, and that whatever political or economic trend is latest in time must be best."
Obamacare makes healthcare WORSE. The majority of independent voters and voters likely to vote in 2010 already recognize this. The sooner "progressives" admit that Health Care Deform made matters WORSE and get on board with repeal, the better. The first step is admitting that "progressives" have a problem. The first step is admitting that "progressivism" IS the problem.