Sarah Palin weighed in this afternoon on the President’s new and improved health reform proposal and she doesn’t like the smell of the thing:
The White House’s proposal includes everything we found untenable about the old Senate bill – only this one is even more expensive! This is what you might call putting ‘perfume on a pig.’
She lists some of the stinkier features the perfume is meant to hide …
It has the unpopular (and arguably unconstitutional) individual mandate that forces people and employers to purchase health insurance.
[It imposes] much harsher fines on employers who choose not to go along with another expensive government mandate.
It has cuts to Medicare Advantage, a popular program which allows seniors to pay a little more money out of pocket for better coverage.
Notes important items conspicuous by their absence …
The President’s proposal doesn’t include pro-free market ideas like allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, giving individual buyers the same tax benefits as those who get insurance through their employers, or instituting real medical liability reform.
Hammers the plan on the worst of its many bad ideas …
The rising cost of care has driven the entire health care reform debate. So how does the President’s proposal address this central issue? Price controls. That’s right: Washington, D.C. wants to give a panel of bureaucrats the power to cap insurance premiums and prices.
Points out an obvious fact that Obama has yet to absorb …
The public is clearly opposed to the Democrats’ health care bills. Americans want to scrap these big-government plans and start over with common-sense, incremental reform.
And ends with a warning Obama and the Dems would do well to heed:
The President can perfume this proposal however he wants, but it still doesn’t pass the smell test. Washington should listen to Americans now, or Washington will hear us in November.
Jeb Bush, according to CBS, says Palin lacks “depth of understanding,” but this Facebook post delivers more honest data on Obamacare than can be gleaned from a week of NYT articles.
Palin does indeed have an unpretentious, middle-class way of expressing herself. But that’s a feature, not a bug.