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April 16, 2012

Barney Frank: I Urged Obama Not To Pass ObamaCare

Via Hot Air, a dose of sober reflection from the departing partisan troll.

"I think we paid a terrible price for healthcare," Frank told the magazine in a lengthy interview as he prepares to retire at the end of his 16th term. "I would not have pushed it as hard. As a matter of fact, after [Sen.] Scott Brown [R-Mass.] won [in January 2010], I suggested going back. I would have started with financial reform, but certainly not healthcare."

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"When you try to extend healthcare to people who don't have it, people who have it and are on the whole satisfied with it get nervous," Frank said. "The problem with healthcare is this: Healthcare is enormously important to people. When you tell them that youíre going to extend healthcare to people who donít now have it, they donít see how you can do that without hurting them. So I think he underestimated, as did Clinton, the sensitivity of people to what they see as an effort to make them share the healthcare with poor people."

They don't see how you can do that without hurting them because you can't do that without hurting them. ObamaCare relies at its heart on those with good health insurance giving up a part of their health care -- and yet still paying for that insurance -- for those who have no health insurance.

"Sharing" sounds good for those without. It's not such a good deal for those with.

There's no way to get around this basic fact, and 90% of Obama's and the Democrats' misrepresentations on ObamaCare have consisted of offering various arguments denying the obvious.

Reagan Schools Obama on Socialism: Great video, sent along by my Mom.


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