Misgivings on Health Care Legislation

Misgivings on Health Care Legislation


As the Senate passes another hurdle on the way to melding the administration of all American medicine into one galloping cancer, I reflect on my basic misgivings. They are two, redistribution and central planning.


Redistribution is not one of the principles employed when the founders ordained and established the nation. In the first 150 years of the republic, people were fed, housed, clothed and healed from the fruits of their own labors. If their incomes failed to suffice, they relied on their families or neighborhood philanthropy. Until the 1900’s there was no historical precedent for government redistribution. Since then, we have become dangerously, passively inured.


Senate and House health care bills embody the redistributionist principle, once so foreign to Americans.  To Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Baucus, Dodd and Waxman, all Americans are entitled to insurance. Their bills establish a new entitlement. A second new entitlement, long-term care, is thrown in for good measure. Besides the great entitlements of Social Security and Medicare, both in financial arrears, two new entitlements hatch, like Orcs. As if it wasn’t enough for our cruise ship to hit two icebergs. In football, at least, there is a rule against piling-on. Redistribution is the justification for the health bill.


Central planning drags down an economy and concentrates power. The health bill epitomizes central planning, else why is it being discussed in the highest legislative body? Central planning destroys competition between competing jurisdictions, for example between state and national or between states. It engulfs all decisions. It is a leviathan, a whale. No escape is possible. No one can opt out. Supporters of single-payer chant, “everybody in, nobody out.” They consider this a blessing; no one is left out in the cold. Skeptics consider their mantra a threat; none is free of the program’s clutches. An independent cannot move to another town where taxes are less, or another state. No place is free; the alligator follows. To heal the sick is not one of the Senate’s enumerated powers.


Central planning aggregates power in the center. This shifts other powers, such as the police power, to the center. Farther from the people, such powers are easier to employ abusively.


Utopianism ends badly, a conclusion effortlessly reached by reading history. National-scope planning and redistribution were pillars of the most harmful regimes, regimes which promised Utopia.


Hence, the aching in my gut.


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