Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Health Care: The Cass Sunstein Sneak Play

Want to to know why the Democrats have been so vague on what will be in their health care reform bill (besides the fact that they haven't read it)? It's because by keeping the discussion - and the bill itself - as vague as possible, it allows federal agencies to interpret the bill, and exercise even greater control over your health (and you whole entire life) thank anyone is currently admitting.

Why do you think Cass Sunstein is licking his chops?

Known inside the White House as the "Regulation Czar," Sunstein is tasked with developing regulations around the policies for environmental, healthcare, and safety issues.

According to administration sources, Sunstein's office is looking for ways to impose through the regulatory process those Obama White House health care, environmental, and labor policies that do not survive the legislative process.

"The goal from this White House is to have as much nonspecific language passed by Congress in policy areas like health care and the environment and then use Sunstein's office to put in place the regulatory language called for by Congress that gets us to where we want to be. It may very well be the most important job in this administration, given the lack of success we may have on Capitol Hill," says a White House source.

So what type of man is Cass Sunstein, the man who will eventually wind up creating nationalized health care out of whatever cloth Congress gives him? A fierce independent, proud of the American spirit of hard work and capitalism?

Ah, guess again. This is an Obama appointee, remember. Some quotes from the man who will eventually be the Health Dictator:

"A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government.”–Cass Sunstein, arguing for a Fairness Doctrine for the Internet in his book, 2.0, p.137

"In what sense is the money in our pockets and bank accounts fully ‘ours’? Did we earn it by our own autonomous efforts? Could we spend it if there were no public officials to coordinate the efforts and pool the resources of the community in which we live?… Without taxes there would be no liberty. Without taxes there would be no property....There is no liberty without dependency. That is why we should celebrate tax day …”– Cass R. Sunstein, “Why We Should Celebrate Paying Taxes,” The Chicago Tribune, April 14, 1999

“Much of the time, the United States seems to have embraced a confused and pernicious form of individualism. This approach endorses rights of private property and freedom of contract, and respects political liberty, but claims to distrust ‘government intervention’ and insists that people must fend for themselves. This form of so-called individualism is incoherent, a tangle of confusions.” Cass R. Sunstein, The Second Bill of Rights: FDR’s Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need it More Than Ever, Basic Books, New York, 2004, p. 3

So who's the man who will determine whether you will get the care you need, and whether you will live or die? A man who claims "there is no liberty without dependency", a claim which is the antithesis of the entire American ideal.

Let's follow Sunstein's twisted logic here. If there is no liberty without dependency, would it not follow that slavery is freedom? Sure, you may have to work for slave wages in service to the state, live in a crowded flat, and have a meager standard of living, but you would be "free" from the fears of unemployment, homelessness, and crime (since all would have nothing). There is no liberty without dependency, there is no freedom without slavery.

Remember this, and remember - while Obama is telling you in his oratorical baritone that "The time to act is now"," The current path is unsustainable. Nothing less than a complete overhaul will give Americans the care they deserve", "This plan will spend less money", "Under my plan, nothing will change for you and your doctor" - the man who will write and implement the rules and regulations for Obama's overhaul is a man who believes you do not own the money you've earned, who believes American individualism is incoherent, and who believes liberty is dependency.

Are these two men - Obama and Sunstein, backed by an army of hard-left Democratic lawmakers - as dangerous as they seem?

Only if we turn over the reins of our lives to them.

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