Friday, March 26, 2010

The Two Ben Cardins

Someone in the Democratic Party needs to tell Ben Cardin to curb his enthusiasm. In his elation over passage of Obamacare, he is losing message discipline and letting the cat out of the bag.

Cardin ebulliently tweeted “One of the first bills I introduced in the Senate was 4 universal health coverage. I'm proud we are finally reaching that goal.”

Say what? For over a year now Cardin, President Obama, and the Democrats all told us this wasn’t a government takeover of healthcare.

On two separate occasions Cardin stated Democrat healthcare reform plans were not a government takeover of healthcare.

When asked why not support a single payer system: “We have the best health care in the world and I want to ensure we keep it.”

Of course, Obama is on record as an ardent proponent of a single payer system, but then again as Obama’s political lodestar Saul Alinsky once said, “In the politics of human life, consistency is not a virtue.”

Looks like the junior senator from Maryland is an apt pupil.


Gunpowder Chronicler said...

Just call him a modern-day Janus: the two-faced god of War on Freedom.

Steve said... do realize there is a difference between "universal health coverage" (i.e., private health insurance for everyone, like Germany has), "single payer" (government run health insurance, like Canada has), and government run or nationalized health care (like Great Britain has)?

There's nothing inconsistent in Cardin's statement.

Aaron J. Dinkin said...

It isn't a government takeover of healthcare. It's a plan to get universal health coverage, which isn't the same thing. It's possible to achieve universal health care (like they have in Germany) without it being government-run (as it is in Canada). I'm not sure where you get the confused idea that Cardin said anything about a government takeover of healthcare.

Greg Kline said...

So, the government can tell everyone to buy it, control what the insurance companies have to cover, what they can charge and even how much they can pay their executives but its not government run healthcare or a government takeover of healthcare.

What color is the sky in your world?

DetectiveDick said...

Cardin called the February 2009 economic stimulus package “well balanced between tax cuts and investments that will put Marylanders to work immediately and invest in our future”

Since that statement according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Marylands unadjusted unemployment rate as of 3/10/10 has increased 26%.

I also remember 1985, when then Maryland Speaker of the House Cardin ignored the LARGEST S&L Crisis in Marylands history, Old Court Savings and Loan.

I will give Senator Cardin credit for carrying the ProgressiveMaryland water bucket to DC as he held fake meetings in Towson and Hagerstown.

Thanks Ben, "we will never forget"!

Mark Newgent said...


You leave out the fact that the law, with it's mandates and regulations creates massive upward pressure on prices. Insurance and prescription drugs will become so expensive that the Cardin's of the world will call for a full government take over citing the high costs and record profits of the insurance companies and Big Pharma--all the while conveniently ignoring the fact that it was their plan, which caused the problem.

Why do you think groups like MCHI are already pushing for more reform--They want single payer.