Prospects on ObamaCare
According to an article at FrontPage Magazine by Tait Trussell, polls show that the public is starting to turn against ObamaCare as people realize what it involves. What this means in particular is the increased taxes for the top 40 percent of the country, and the fact that the figures for the uninsured (the main pretext for having this bill in the first place) are greatly overstated. The idea that the entire country must come under a hideously regimented system, with doctors and patients alike the creatures of a vast all-controlling bureaucracy, with huge fines in the thousands of dollars levied on people who refuse to sign up, with government coercion inserted into every nook and cranny of one-sixth of the economy, the end of anything we would recognize as America, and all in order to make sure that a small minority of the population that currently has no insurance, has it, is monstrous. The more I read about this bill, the more I am persuaded of the sheer evil and malignity of the left. But why should I be surprised? Haven’t I said that leftism is the political form of evil?
Mark P. writes:
What drives healthcare costs is precisely the level of quality and acces that most Americans receive. Keep in mind that there are three factors in the healthcare market: quality, cost and access. Most medical systems are such that no one pays directly for the healthcare costs that they incur. That means that most medical systems can only maximize, at most, two out of the three factors. For example, America has high quality and high access, but high cost. Canada has high quality and low cost, but low access. The British NHS has low cost, low quality and low access, etc.LA replies:
I agree with everything you said except your last point. This is not just about controlling costs. This is about an order-of-magnitude increase in government-bureaucratic controls and loss of freedom.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 18, 2009 12:50 AM | Send