Senator Michael Bennet’s elitism

From the Denver Post online by Richard Stacy:

Our unelected Senator, Michael Bennet, told CNN’s John King the other day that he’d vote for Obama-Reid-Pelosi heath care, even if it cost him his job. Political courage? I don’t think so.

Elite limousine liberal arrogance is more like it. To me, it reeks of “I know better than the unwashed masses of Coloradans.” “Let them eat cake” elitism, writ large!

Betsey Markey voted against the House version of these 2,000 page monstrosities, because she apparently listens to the voters of Colorado, respects us, and would like to keep her job. Not so the good Senator. He listens to his handlers in the Obama Administration and his chums in and The Daily Kos, on the far left fringe of his party. Far be it from him to realize that Colorado is still a center/right state – one which abhors extremism of either the right or the left.

I talk to lots of Coloradans on a daily basis, Republicans, Democrats, liberals and conservatives. I have yet to talk to a single one who wants a government takeover of health care, massive new bureaucracies, bureaucratic meddling in the relationship between patients and their doctors, rationing by government bureaucrats of medical services and procedures, new taxes, huge additions to our out-of-control deficits and new burdens on our children and grandchildren to pay for the whole mess.

But that is exactly what they get under the bill for which Mr. Bennet is so nobly willing to sacrifice his job. Bennet seems blissfully unaware that the average Coloradan doesn’t trust the government to do much of anything right. The attitude I encounter most often, frequently from the members of the Senator’s own party, goes like this: “Do you want the people who run Amtrak and the Post Office to be in charge of your health care?”

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  1. MADCO says:

    Are you Dick Stacy?

    Are any of those scary health care thingies really going to happen?  I don’t want a massive new beauracracy.  I don’t want the gov’t interfering in the relationship I have w/my doctors. I don’t want to pay more taxes.

    Just to be clear Amtrak sucks because we subsidize travel by car and air wayyyy more lavishly.  And no one is arguing the Post office should run healthcare.

    I have a public option for health insurance- it works pretty well.  I use a public option for some health care- it works pretty well.  I also have private insurance- it’s pricey but it does what it does.

    We have great models for how effective tort reform (primarily in the form of limited plaintiff’s awards for medical malpractice) and cross border competition for health insurance will be.  Let’s look at the states that already did it.  No measurable impact.

    The rest of the stuff is in the bill, dick.

    • RedGreen says:

      I’m not sure I’d agree with even that. MADCO’s right, it’s not subsidized nearly as thoroughly as car and air, but what’s the guy’s complaint with Amtrak? I’ve taken the train to the Bay Area and Chicago in the last few years and I don’t think there was a single passenger aboard those trains who thought it sucked. And more heavily trafficked routes — up and down the Eastern seaboard, others — swear by their trains.  

      • MADCO says:

        there isn’t enough service, the stations are dirty, the trains are dirty, there is no wifi,

        should I go on?

        • sxp151 says:

          which is the primary reason for your first two complaints. They don’t own the tracks. Legally they are required to have priority over freight trains, but frequently they don’t. And legally the freight companies are required to maintain the tracks to passenger rail standards, but frequently they don’t.

        • RedGreen says:

          the ride was smooth, the stations were OK, the train was fine, and the Acela has wifi. It’s not the Orient Express, but I’d be happy if the gubmint handled its duties as well as it does Amtrak.  

          • MADCO says:

            Even Amtrak admits their service standards are not being met.

            Btw- of course they love the trains back east, you can go anywhere anytime, you can bring your bike and sometimes even your car.

            I can’t even take the train from here to Albuquerque. (or Trinidad to get the west line to take the kids, bikes and all, to see Uncle Mickey)

    • Automaticftp says:

      I’d be very interested to see the tort reform “models” you refer to as being “effective.”  

      • Danny the Red (hair) says:

        “…Tort reform. Pure right-wing nonsense. In all of my years managing medical practices, this never was any more of a problem than paying any other practice expense. This is a non-issue. Further, the physicians own the malpractice insurance companies, like COPIC is Colorado and SCPIE in California. I believe we have too few, not too many, malpractice actions, if we have a minimum of 100,000 iatrogenic deaths each year. ..

        Mike Kiley, PhD, MPH, FACMPE

        President, Colo Alpine Advanced Trauma Care Project, Inc.”

        • Automaticftp says:

          COPIC doctors pay, on average, about $18K per year in malpractice insurance.  That’s not insignificant, but it is not the driver of costs that the right wingers like to pretend it is.  

        • Another skeptic says:

          Doctors do 2 or 3 times as much testing as they would if they weren’t afraid of getting sued. Patients pressure docs for tests and get them even if they aren’t needed. Docs and insurers spend millions or billions negotiating away nuisance suits. Insurance premiums force docs to demand higher payments from Medicaid, Medicare, private insurers, and the payers have to pay or lose docs who can make money doing other things.

          Only malpractice litigators pretend that defensive medicine isn’t a big issue.  

  2. RedGreen says:

    this column has little to do with “elitism” beyond the stretch of a headline.

    It’d make as much sense to title a rant about Jane Norton’s position on health care reform, “Senate candidate Norton’s batshit insanity.” Come to think of it …

    On another note, let’s be clear this appeared only online, not in the actual Denver Post:

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an online-only column and has not been edited

    • Another skeptic says:

      Bennet is listening to his contributors and base. He doesn’t seem worried about voters. I guess he assumes health care won’t be an issue come election time.

      We’ll find out soon enough.

  3. Ray Springfield says:

    Sen Bennet’s demanor is anything but elitist. He interacts with people on a person to person level, and I’ve never seen him appear anything but modest.

    • dukeco1 says:

      I agree with Ray.

      I have spoken with the Senator on three occasions (once at considerable length), and found him very approachable and modest.

      That said, I am concerned with his affiliation to Big Money and Big Politics.

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