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A Must Read: Steyn on Obamacare


This article, by Mark Steyn, is a must read. Very Hayekian in the Road to Serfdom sense.

Obamacare worth the price to Democrats

Why is he doing this? Why let “health” “care” “reform” stagger on like the rotting husk in a low-grade creature feature who refuses to stay dead no matter how many stakes you pound through his chest?

Because it’s worth it. Big time. I’ve been saying in this space for two years that the governmentalization of health care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture. It redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state in fundamental ways that make limited government all but impossible. In most of the rest of the Western world, there are still nominally “conservative” parties, and they even win elections occasionally, but not to any great effect (Let’s not forget that Jacques Chirac was, in French terms, a “conservative”).

The result is a kind of two-party one-party state: Right-of-center parties will once in a while be in office, but never in power, merely presiding over vast left-wing bureaucracies that cruise on regardless.

I’ve been thinking as much lately as well. I have to admit I was more thinking of the short term consequences for Obama. If Obamacare passes, he gets re-elected, because in two years all the Democrats that are against Obamacare will realize how it puts Health Insurance Companies in a Death Spiral. The Democrats will again confuse Government Failure with Market Failure. They will say that, even with the “generous” and “benevolent” actions taken by Government, the Health Insurance Market can’t cope with the problem, the only solution is More Government, and there you have it…Single Payer.

The Short Run, I was thinking about, leads to the Long Run, Steyn talks about.

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  1. yttik
    March 6, 2010 at 09:44

    Indeed. Think of the potential of this as a future wedge issue. If your Gov run health care is getting expensive and rationing care, vote for me, only I can make sure you get your services and lower your rates! Every candidate for the next century will be able to run on a platform of trying to fix all that’s going to be broken.

    And once this is passed, forget trying to repeal it. Once the tax revenue is collected, once the billions in borrowed money are spent, you won’t be able to untangle this bill from 1/6 of our economy.

    • March 6, 2010 at 12:39

      Much like what we are doing with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The only thing that will make the politicians actually do something are intense public outrage (Pitchfork time) and default.
      Which one do you think will come first?

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