WHY CONSERVATIVES ARE LOSING THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE

Conservatives should be winning the health care reform debate. History, economics, and the American temperament are all on our side.

The market-based model is logical, coherent, and compatible with the laws of economics. The central-planning model favored by the Left is faith-based, fraught with internal contradictions, and fails to comply with the principles of primary-school arithmetic.

And yet we are getting trounced. The Left is beating us like a drum. How can this be? How can we be losing to a group of people who haven’t had an original idea since th Roosevelt era, whose social policy inititatives have invarably failed? This op-ed piece in the WSJ provides a hint:

Democrats want to sell their “public option” as a modest and affordable reform that won’t affect anyone’s private insurance. It isn’t true. Republicans, especially those in the Senate who want to cut a deal on health care, should understand that a public option is the beginning of the end of private health insurance.

That’s right. The conservatives at the WSJ expect the public to be upset about “the end of private health insurance.” I, for one, cannot imagine a less inspiring call to action. No one gives a damn about “private insurance.” What people care about is what will happen to them and their families.

And there’s the rub. While conservatives talk about the insurance market, the Left talks about “covering the children.” While conservatives talk about socialized medicine, the Left talks about “the uninsured.” In other words, conservatives yammer about concepts while the Left talks about people.

That’s why we are getting our asses kicked. And it is why we will lose the debate if we don’t start explaining how Obamacare will adversely affect real people in the real world.

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  1. Brian T. Schwartz wrote:

    Thank you David. This is an excellent point. One challenge is that free-market advocates describe their products as policy that provide incentives that yield good results, while Statists sell their products as results (welfare, education, universal health care), regardless of whether their actual product, that is, a policy, actually yields it.

    Posted 18 Apr 2009 at 7:12 pm

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