Ultimate Objective of Obamacare?

With Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security already on track to bankrupt America, you’d think that by now our leaders would have gotten responsible and do something about those reckless spending programs. But in this wacky world, it’s just the opposite. Bush pushes through a new prescription drug entitlement program and a trillion-dollar bank bailout, and now Obama makes Bush look like an amateur when it comes to government spending and new entitlement programs.

The single most effective way to reform our healthcare woes would be to decouple the purchasing of health insurance through one’s employer, and instead buy it individually just as we do with car insurance. Were that the case, there would be a highly competitive marketplace for health insurance with much greater affordability – and far fewer uninsured. (There would be far more business start-ups as well.)

But instead of that deficit-friendly route, our leaders now want a massive new entitlement program. An advocate thereof recently confessed to his true motivations, which are no doubt the true motivations of many if not most of the leaders supporting Obamacare: further redistribution of wealth, and more people dependent on government, who tend to vote for Democrats.

Some people on the hard left no doubt support Obamacare because they deliberately want more fiscal recklessness. You don’t have to listen to C-SPAN call-in shows very long to know that there are Americans out there wishing for the “revolution.” The strategy is to overload the government with impossible demands, bringing on economic crisis, social chaos, and hopefully (in their minds) a socialist utopia. Two Columbia University professors, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, laid out that strategy in 1966 with an article in The Nation titled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty”. It’s now referred to as the Cloward-Piven strategy.

To be sure, I think the Cloward-Piven strategy is a prime motivator for just a small contingent of society – the ultra-loony left – and certainly doesn’t apply to the bulk of Obamacare supporters. The latter only want redistribution, and not necessarily revolution.