I hear from my American contacts that the opposition to the Obama health plans is deep, spontaneous and strong. Many Americans think the state scheme will combine the usual characteristics of nationalised service – they think the cost will be too high for taxpayers, whilst the quality and volume of care delivered will be disappointing. Many Americans are already paying large sums for good health care. They don’t want to have to pay twice. Businesses are worried that they will end up with bigger tax bills, making them even less competitive against India and China. The US public accounts are already in almost as big a mess as the Uk ones, so why on earth some Americans ask would you choose now to make such a huge increase in public spending which you cannot afford?
Meanwhile here the BBC uses the Obama experience to demonstrate its bias. The story apparently to them is the “orchestration” of the opposition by right wing Republicans, and the false claims they think the opposition is making. They want to deny the strong sentiments amongst many American middle of the road voters against this proposal from the President. This is a bit rich from an organisation whose news values seem to think that Labour’s false claims, systematic lies about Labour’s opponents and a one sided presentation of the public spending argument is what constitute journalism here in the UK. Labour has spent years fibbing about Conservative plans and past practise with health and education. The BBC faithfully trots out the lies and soundbites – they always report that Conservatives will have to cut services, and suggest this means sacking teachers and nurses and all the rest. Why isn’t the story ever the techniques of Labour opposition to the possible next government? Why don’t they do a series of enquiries as I have been doing into the bureaucracy and waste that is now so manifest, and opppresses most normal people? Why can’ they grasp that Conservatives do not intend to sack nurses and doctors?
The more I listen to them, the more old fashioned, out of touch and low grade it all seems. I don’t think many people believe Labour’s spin and their reports based on it any more, as they are are so biased and far fetched. The world is changing. More and more people I meet think and talk in a conservative way, recognising there has to be big change in the UK public sector, and knowing we cannot carry on wasting money on the current scale. The BBC will have a rude awakening if they don’t get it soon, and the Conservaitves do win the election.
Meanwhile, wouldn’t it be refreshing if they tried to do a piece on why so many Americans dislike the President’s proposals? Where is the criticism of the Obama scheme? Where is the balanced treatment of the pros and cons of the plan and the proposals to modify or improve it? And when will they treat the over borrowing scandal on both sides of the Atlantic seriously?