Monday, September 17, 2007

Universal Unhealthy Care

The pols are out in force of late: The Junior Senator from New York proposes HillaryCare II, a $110 billion (to start) program to bring about a gummint-run [ed: don't you mean gummint-mandated?] health system. Meanwhile, the non-Senator from North Carolina is waving a big stick, threatening to cut off Congress (and, to be fair, the executive branch, as well) from their cushy health plans if they don't pass "universal care" by mid-ought nine.
If nothing else, these are ambitious folks, so perhaps they're to be forgiven for overlooking the salient fact that these types of plans don't work.
I know, I know, they work great in England, and France, and Canada (or not, as the case may be). But they've proven themselves to be something less than stellar here. No one likes to mention it, but we already have a gummint-run health care system (several, in fact), and the problems become increasingly absurd, and yet painful:
Never mind why Medicaid prescription benefits became part of an Iraq war bill (then again, it is a War on Terror, and few things are more terrifying than "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you").
"In a case of unintended consequences..."
By far the best clause in the whole article, and one which should give any thinking person pause before even contemplating the idea of giving the feds even more control over our health care.
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