Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces her new, 2,000-page health-care bill with such confidence that it will do all good things—yet can anybody really imagine that “negotiations” that yielded a humongous, unreadable piece of legislation portend anything but disaster? To understand what is going on, I believe you have to grasp one important idea: It’s not about health care, Stupid.

We could reform health-care incrementally, in a way that, if wrong, can be turned around and set on a safer course. But that is now what we’re seeing. Kyle-Anne Shiver of The American Thinker understands what is really at stake:

Purely mad social engineers — Obama, Pelosi, & Reid — are on a determined march toward nationalizing one sixth of the entire American economy. Their scheme will have far-reaching effects on one hundred percent of the men, women and children in this country. The whole idea is patently ridiculous, especially in light of the host of other impending disasters.


But the fact that these Democrat power-mongers are attempting to foist upon us a system already tried-and-failed so many times in so many places pushes the current national healthcare debate into the realm of pure lunacy.


As one of Einstein’s most oft-quoted bits of genius reminds us, doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results, is insanity.


I would maintain that what is going on now is tantamount to a second Constitutional Convention—it will change that much in American life. Along the way, it will change health-care. But not in any way any of us will want to live with (live with—literally).

Shiver refers readers to Shattered Lives, case studies of people who have suffered under the kind of health-care systems the Democrats want to impose on us: you know, older people refused routine cataract operations, hospitals without clean linen and do-it-yourself dentistry.

Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are lucky—they are rich enough, or blessed with special health-care from “serving” in Congress, and so they will never experience the full-force results of their social engineering.