Why Charlie Bass is Right about “Government Takeover

of Healthcare.”

He is running ads claiming that Annie Kuster, who supports the Affordable Care Act, is endorsing a “government takeover of health care.”

The fact checkers rate this as Untrue. I think that’s because the health insurance industry, the hospitals, the clinics – the whole medical industry – are all still under the same ownership as they were five years ago. Doctors are in private medical practice, they are not collecting government paychecks. Nothing was taken over. So the fact checkers said, WRONG.

But you need to look at it from Charlie’s point of view.

He wants to end Medicare and Social Security. Those programs offend him – I think partly because he is a right-wing ideologue who thinks they are socialist, and partly because even the wealthiest may have to chip in a little to fund those programs. Not on their stock portfolios and off-shore accounts, but on – for example – that trifling $340,000 in speaking fees that Romney was paid. (As the 99% try to get better jobs, or any jobs, the 1% tries to avoid the inconvenience of receiving “ordinary income.”)

From Charlie’s perspective, any program that helps the sick and injured get medical care, provided in private clinics by private doctors, is a Government Takeover.

It interferes with the pestilence and death that a truly free market can provide.

  • hannah

    and if we the people set standards for the providers of goods and services, then that is government  taking on responsibility,–i.e. taking care of things.
    Charlie does not want to take care of things. Our mistake is in thinking that people seeking public office understand that’s what they are signing up for. Charlie wants to be taken care of. Not only is that a juvenile attitude, but in the case of most conservative politicians it comes with a heaping pile of envy. Anybody else getting something gives rise to jealousy. A grown-up version of sibling rivalry?

  • political chowder

    As we privatize the military (thank you Cheney’s Halliburton and the myriad of private military contractors), privatize the prisons (see Corrections Corporation of America to understand the explosion of private prisoners and profits),privatize education (NH’s most recent contribution to the gut public education cause known as the School Choice Scholarship Act),Medicaid Managed Care, and of course genuflect to the boys of Wall Street by gutting regulation, defunding enforcement agencies and ensuring what appears like oversight to be so complicated and obtuse as to ensure that prosecution can never happen (Dick Durbin tried to warn us in 2009 when he exclaimed:”Frankly the Banks own this place”) all scream it is time we take over our government that has been hijacked to serve the corporate elite who view govt as their personal piggy bank to cover their ass, invest in their pet projects and keep the masses at bay.

    • hannah
      • political chowder

         ”Profiting from Public Dollars: How ALEC and Its Members Promote Privatization of Government Services and Assets,”

  • Dartmouth Dem

    It also explains why he voted to eliminate the minimum wage and LIHEAP, as well as federal student loans. You know — real government perversions of our American way of life. (Or, in Charlie’s case, burdens that deprive his Model T collection of inherited wealth.)

    Really, though, Charlie’s views on health care were best displayed in 1998, when Mary Rauh challenged him in the WMUR debate on his opposition to John McCain’s Patients Bill of Rights, which would have provided legal recourse to those abused by health insurance companies. In Bass’ own words:

    “The big problem with the bill you support is that it requires insurance companies to cover any procedure that is medically necessary.”

    That is the real Charlie Bass. He’s about as “moderate” as Bresler is soft-spoken. Annie should make damn well sure voters know this.  

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