Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has uttered a gaffe so profound that one wonders what planet she is living on. Sebelius recently opined that Americans need “reeducation” concerning health care reform.
According to ABC News:
“‘ Unfortunately, there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t,’ Sebelius told ABC News Radio in an interview Monday.
“With several vulnerable House Democrats touting their votes against the bill, and Republicans running on repeal, Sebelius said ‘misinformation given on a 24/7 basis’ has led to the enduring opposition nearly six months after the lengthy debate ended in Congress.
“‘So, we have a lot of reeducation to do,’ Sebelius said.”
The jokes are already going fast and furious on the Internet. Both Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey and Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds have wondered, tartly, whether the reeducation will involve camps, in the Red Chinese style of doing things.
It is true that polls continue to show massive opposition to health care reform months after its passage, especially from seniors. But, unlike what Secretary Sebelius seems to think, the opposition has less to do with “misinformation” than a growing realization of the cost of health care reform in money, in loss of freedom, and in loss of quality medical care.
The use of the term “reeducation” by Kathleen Sebelius was unfortunate on a number of levels. While it perhaps was revealing of a totalitarian temptation suffered by the Obama administration, it was certainly indicative of a contempt felt for the good sense of the American people.
When health care reform was passed, literally with the din of tens of thousands of Americans yelling to not do it, the spin put out by the Obama administration and the congressional Democrats was that, once Americans realized all of the good things the bill would grant, they would come around. It has not worked out that way. Indeed, as time passes and more details emerge, opposition to health care reform has only deepened.
Thus we have Secretary Sebelius’s exasperated statement about “reeducation,” born no doubt from puzzlement over the stubbornness of Americans who insist on bitterly clinging to their God, their guns, and apparently their private health care.
Can Americans be “reeducated” in the joys of Obamacare? Likely not. The Obama administration has no credibility about health care reform, so often has it lied about its effects. Sadly the next few years will be spent in warfare between the American people and the Obama administration in an effort to roll back health care reform and its replacement by more market-oriented reforms. The waste of time and effort that entails will be tragic, but also a lesson in what happens when one elects a president like Obama, who is pretty sure he can run peoples’ lives better than the people.
Source: Sebelius: Time for ‘Reeducation’ on Obama Health Care Law, Steven Portnoy, ABC News, August 30st, 2010