Health care reform is poised to mandate a new entitlement, but no one can tell you how much it is going to cost. It’s loaded with taxes, government intrusion and regulation, and debt that will be passed on to our children. In what has been dubbed the “Nebraska Compromise,” Harry Reid brokered a political deal that secured Senator Ben Nelson’s 60th vote on health care. In exchange, Nebraska will be exempt from paying billions in Medicaid expansion costs, leaving the rest of us to shoulder a bigger burden.
Candidate Obama promised to “have (health care reform) negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so the people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who is making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.” President Obama, however, is striking a different chord. Backed by the White House, Nancy Pelosi announced that they were putting the final bill together “behind closed doors”.
My greatest hopes for 2010 is that the voters will stand up and decide they have had enough. As Michael Steele said on Sunday, “The question isn’t whether or not the Republicans take the House back, it’s whether or not the Democrats can keep it. And right now they can’t.” America was tired of Bush and wanted change. I get that. But as bad as things were a year ago, they are worse now. People are hurting. Obama’s administration has put some things on the table that have turned America off. As we head into the one-year celebration of the Obama administration, we have no jobs, no money, and $13 trillion worth of debt. To make matters worse, the country is headed in the wrong direction. Democrats rightfully criticized Bush for overspending, but have increased it almost 10 fold since taking charge. As unemployment increases, as the economy crumbles, Democrats are laser focused on giving away the farm to get health care legislation passed through a Congress they control.
Obama has not put out a clear vision of how he is going to handle national security. On day one, he promised to close Gitmo in one year. Not done. Now he admits that his administration couldn’t connect the dots on Dec. 25. The American people don’t trust the direction this is going. Terrorists know that anyone can walk into a state dinner at the White House without being on the guest list, and that suspicious passengers who pay cash for one way tickets and board without luggage can fly to the United States with a bomb in their underpants.