The lie of comprehensive solutions strikes again
May 2, 2012 2 Comments
Scott Brown taking advantage of a health care policy that he supports is just as bad as Elizabeth Warren, a white person, pretending she is a Cherokee Indian to gain affirmative action benefits. Wow, that sounds ridiculous when you put in one statement how ABCNews frames their coverage of the story:
The hits keep coming in Massachusetts. After facing her own controversy for questions about her Native-American heritage, Elizabeth Warren, the likely Democratic nominee in the Massachusetts Senate race, has accused Sen. Scott Brown of being a hypocrite after he told the Boston Globe that he still insures his 23-year-old daughter, Ayla, on his health care plan. Brown is the Republican senator whose election in January, 2010, broke the Democrats filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, forcing them to re-organize their plan for passing health care legislation. During his tenure in Congress, he has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act three times, a provision of which allows children to stay on their health care until they turn 26.
Obamacare has another 2699 pages or so dealing with other “provisions of which” that Senator Brown may find objectionable, and certainly those can factor into his decision-making. Or not:
“Brown’s still promising to repeal the very reforms that allow him and the parents of 2.5 million other young adults to keep their kids covered,” Warren spokeswoman Alethea Harney said in a statement. “It’s not right. Scott Brown spells health care: H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y.”
If that’s the best hypocrisy accusation they have on Brown, then I’m ready to nominate him for most sincere politician in the country.
…Brown has expressed his support for this particular provision of the Affordable Care Act, noting in an interview with the Lowell Sun in 2010 that he would like to keep two parts of the Affordable Care Act: the provision allowing children to stay on their parents insurance until 26, along with the catastrophic-coverage provision… Still, the situation might prove problematic for Brown.
“There’s no way that he can escape the all-too-evident hypocrisy of placing his daughter under his own insurance, insurance that is provided to him as a member of Congress by the U.S. Government,” said Jeffrey Berry, professor of political science at Tufts University in Medford-Somerville.
The timing is also unfortunate for Brown, who had started out the week in a good situation as a result of the negative coverage Warren had been receiving in light of the questions surrounding her Native-American ancestry.
Boy, that sure is “unfortunate” timing for Brown that the media chose to give voice to the Warren campaign’s absurd attacks the very week she came under fire for truly egregious misconduct; not “questions surrounding her Native-American ancestry”, but questions surrounding whether she cynically exploited it long enough to advance in her academic career. ABCNews even brought in an ostensibly objective political science professor to inform the Senator, “There’s no way (you) can escape!”
The situation is more along the lines of tangled headphones than Houdini in a straight-jacket, but I’ll offer some advice on how Brown might “escape” anyhow. He should point out that the Warren campaign, aided by their media acolytes, are arguing based on the lie of comprehensive solutions. Regardless of how you feel about insurance companies being forced to cover 26 year old “kids” (I don’t share Senator Brown’s enthusiasm for it), there is nothing inherent to that policy that necessitates the rest of the Obamacare monstrosity go along with it. But that’s how the comprehensive solution argument treats it. The intent is to create the illusion that each aspect is vital to the 2,700 page whole. If you want that one thing, you are required to accept the rest, and are a hypocrite to suggest otherwise. You may only want green jelly beans, but tough noogies, you gotta buy the whole bag, black ones and all. The same argument is often used for big government writ large whenever spending cuts are proposed. ”We’ll have to cut police and firemen!” No, lay off the State University’s Diversity Administrator, or trim the pensions of workers retiring at 55. The functions of big government are severable. Don’t believe the lie that they’re not.