Editorial: If you think you're Robin Hood, why
THE BIGGEST problem with
Obamacare isn’t the failure of the website or the fact that
President Obama “misspoke” when he said Americans could keep
health insurance they liked.
The real problem with Obamacare is its enormous price tag. By
handing out billions in free services and health care without
doing anything to control costs, the president’s health care
plan will inevitably add trillions to the national debt.
Paying that debt and the tremendous interest to sustain it
will have to be done by taxpayers, just as they do with
everything the government spends.
Since almost all tax revenue comes from fewer than half of
the people in the country, and most of it comes from a small
group of upper-income taxpayers, Obamacare is, in fact, yet
another federal program to massively redistribute the
country’s wealth from the people who have it to the people who
No surprise there. Practically every domestic program favored
by Democrats has redistribution as its chief purpose. Food
stamps, Section 8 housing, Medicare, Medicaid, affirmative
action and thousands of other government activities at the
federal, state and local level transfer wealth from taxpayers
to the poor and other groups favored by politicians.
Republicans also support lots of redistribution programs. The
major difference between the parties is that while Republicans
think there should be some kind of limit to government wealth
transfers, Democrats favor every redistribution scheme you can
think of and want them all to grow as large as possible.
Since they believe in taking money from the rich and giving
it to the poor so much, you’d think Obama and his allies would
be proud of Obamacare’s redistributive purpose.
And they surely are, in secret.
But publicly, the president and his supporters deny that the
health care law redistributes income at all. Why? Because they
think the voters will be against it even more than they are
“Don’t Dare Call Health Law ‘Redistribution,’” was the
headline on a story in the New York Times this week.
While Obama himself ardently favored wealth transfers when he
ran for president the first time around, reporter John Harwood
said the administration won’t even utter the word these days
or appoint people to top government jobs who have publicly
favored redistribution in the past.
“‘Redistribution’ is a term that conjures up all sorts of
unfairness in people’s mind,” the Times story quoted former
Obama chief of staff William Daley as saying. “It’s a word
that, in the political world, you just don’t use.”
The word is “particularly toxic” around the Obama White
House, the story continued; nevertheless, “the redistribution
of wealth has always been a central figure of the [health
care] law,” it concluded.
Obama obviously never misses an opportunity to raise taxes on
people with good incomes and increase government handouts to
people he thinks deserve them, yet he denies doing so and
hasn’t even uttered the word “redistribution” in 18 months,
according to the Times.
And when he did, it was to reject the idea that
redistribution is what Obamacare is about.
“Understand that this is not a redistribution program,” the
president said about his health care program during a campaign
stop in Ohio. “This is not about taking from rich people to
give to poor people. This is about us together making
investments in our country so everybody’s got a fair shot.”
Obama has constantly misrepresented what Obamacare will do
and how much it will cost. And his denial that it is a
redistribution program is his biggest lie of them all.