On Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott decision to expand Medicaid and establish state exchanges as called for by Obamacare can be perceived as an “honorable” endeavor. Scott, a fierce critic of Obamacare, helped lead the charge agains the health care law in the courts. “[I] think as a Republican conservative, who opposed Obamacare, taking it as a governor — I think you can act honorably either way,” Krauthammer said. “You can oppose it and have opposed it all the way
Comments: Dr. Krauthammer makes a good case for Gov. Scott in taking his position on Obamacare, but he´s missing the point that Scott is doing it for political reasons, which is important.
Mark Levin on the other hand (aside from the screeching rhetoric) is probably right -- that from a principled standpoint, especially with the states´ autonomy perspective, Gov. Scott should have not conceded any ground.
It really does not matter much. ObamaCare has achieved it´s goal of crashing the healthcare system.
By this time next year - huge sections of the population (including the middle class) will have lost their insurance. The Working Poor will be excluded because regulations are doubleing or tripling the cost of their insurance options.
The system has been crashed. But, like a car that has blown an engine on the highway - it is going to take things a while to finally grind to a halt.
I second the second post. Krauthammer embodies the beltway mindset. Whereas Mark Levin makes his argument using the constitution. Krauthammer gently and quietly goes into the political night while I guess that Mark´s ´ screeching rhetoric ´ awakens the reality that many find distasteful.
It is not too difficult to imagine a situation where healthcare professionals simply do not know how the system works- the part that handles payments and reimbursements. Perhaps services will become a pay in advance policy at the point of service (´we haven´t been reimbursed fully for six months´ sort of thing).
Levin can say what he will. He isn´t responsible for the people of any state; he is merely responsible for his ratings. Scott, on the other hand, has to make the hard decisions: what is best for the people of my state?
I respect Scott for making a hard decision. Things look very different when your opinion actually means something.
And Levin isn´t screaming Levin; he is a man in love with his country who is desperately trying to save it. His research is impeccable and I don´t miss a one of his shows. He is a one man professor of the United States Constitution from whom the King of all Trolls could learn a lot. Levin´s passion might overwhelm a listener who doesn´t listen to words and reacts negatively to passionate speaking.. If that is the case, what a shame and loss.
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