- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 5, 2010

Missouri’s overwhelming rejection of Obamacare made it clear Americans will resist the federal government’s power grab, but Democrats aren’t getting the message. Despite being a middle-of-the-road swing state, an overwhelming 71 percent of Missourians voted against federal mandates over their personal health care choices. Ignoring the clarity of this protest, top Democrats maintain that the problem lies with American voters, who aren’t smart enough to know what’s good for them.

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, chimed, “It’s very obvious that people have a lack of understanding of our health care reform bill.” Facing a revolt in her own home state, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, agreed it’s largely just a misunderstanding. “I know that there is a lot of work that we need to do on not just the provisions of the law,” she said, “but most importantly [to] make sure that everyone knows what is in the law.”

Contrary to the Democrats’ delusional attempts at self-justification, American opposition to the federal health care takeover is based on a very clear understanding of the law and its implications. For example, President Obama and Democrats in Congress incessantly promised that Obamacare would lower health care costs. Although as a candidate Mr. Obama vowed that nobody would be coerced into buying insurance, the president now says mandates to force people to purchase policies through “exchanges” are necessary to make the insurance pool larger to achieve lower costs through economies of scale.

No matter what the spin, claiming government bureaucrats will make health care more efficient is as absurd as saying FedEx would be better if it were run by the Post Office. It’s obvious Democrats deliberately concealed that cost savings they promised never existed. Hundreds of billions of dollars were left out of their initial estimates of government costs, and savings from projected reductions in Medicare spending were double-counted. On top of all that, discretionary spending in the package ended up being twice as high as what the Congressional Budget Office originally estimated.

Defiance in the Show Me State is the tip of the iceberg. According to the latest Rasmussen polls, 58 percent of Americans are in favor of repealing Obamacare. Because they are so tone deaf to the electorate, come November, Democrats will be iced out of office.