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No matter how much evidence piles up showing that big government social programs are wasteful, inefficient, and costly, the “progressive community” is unable to extricate itself from its long-standing love affair with statism. Thus, imposing socialized medicine on the American public is its highest domestic priority.
CNS reports that this subject is on the minds and tongues of those attending the Take Back America conference being held in Washington. And the statist mindset behind the “universal health care” project is very much in evidence:
Andrea Batista Schlesinger, executive director of the liberal Drum Major Institute, encouraged conference-goers to stop dancing around the issue and be proud of the goal. “Damn straight it’s [social] engineering,” she said of policy proposals like universal health care. “That’s the point of government.”
Most of the “progressives” at the conference, while clearly sharing Schlesinger’s view of government’s purpose, were less candid. They deployed more euphemistic language when discussing their project:
Eli Pariser, executive director of the anti-war MoveOn.org Political Action, said that as the group begins to broaden its focus, members “want to see every American covered with health care.”
But make no mistake about it. Whether they call “social engineering,” “universal coverage,” or “affordable access,” the goal is the same:
Providing “affordable access to health care for every American” is the “ultimate prize” for left-wing activists, Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, told a news conference.
And, as Joe Paduda (via Kevin, MD ) puts it, “boy are they passionate.” It doesn’t matter how much evidence exists proving that free market competition is the only proven route to low-cost, high-quality goods and services. Government-run health care is the Holy Grail for these people.
They are determined to take America backward to the failed paradigms of the past.