Friday, February 19, 2010

Quick Links: Health Care Summit - Trap or Opportunity?

Allahpundit at HotAir thinks it's a trap for the GOP.

In the February 16, 2010 Wall Street Journal, Betsy McCaughey says the GOP should "Just Say No to the Health-Care Summit" until mandatory insurance is taken off the table.

And most Americans want the Congress to start over on health care, rather than taking the Democratic plan as the starting point of the summit.

But some Republicans think they can turn the "summit" into an opportunity.

Unfortunately, I think the Republicans who think it's an opportunity are badly mistaken. Unless they explicitly challenge and repudiate the basic premise of universal health care (i.e., that the government needs to somehow find a way to guarantee health care for all Americans), they'll merely play into the statists' hands.

Duke University professor John Lewis once observed that the Democrats' last secret weapon against the American people was the Republicans' willingness to compromise.

We'll find out soon if the GOP has learned any lessons from the past, or they'll be suckered into offering political life support for the nearly-dead ObamaCare proposal.