President Obama is presenting health care reform as a bipartisan effort, but, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal writes in the Wall Street Journal, he and fellow Democrats have taken “a fundamentally dishonest approach to reform.” Obama is “repeating the mistakes” of Hillarycare, forcing Americans to join a public plan, diminishing the quality of services, and raising middle-class taxes. “They might as well try to argue that up is down,” he writes.
Needed reform can only take place “once the current over-reach by Obama and [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi fails.” Genuinely bipartisan reform would ensure consumer choice, stop frivolous lawsuits, and offer the poor refundable tax credits to buy private care rather than a public plan. For Jindal, this alternative would cut costs, “and not bankrupt our nation or increase taxes in the midst of a recession.”