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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Clearest Argument Against Rushing Health Care "Reform"

The clearest and strongest argument against rushing into a massive government overhaul and takeover of the health care industry is a look at the only possible explanation of why there is a rush to pass legislation but a delay to implement the legislation. Thomas Sowell provides that explanation in his column today. Read the whole thing here. Here is the meat of the article:
One plain fact should outweigh all the words of Barack Obama and all the impressive trappings of the setting in which he says them: He tried to rush Congress into passing a massive government takeover of the nation's medical care before the August recess-- for a program that would not take effect until 2013!

Whatever President Obama is, he is not stupid. If the urgency to pass the medical care legislation was to deal with a problem immediately, then why postpone the date when the legislation goes into effect for years -- more specifically, until the year after the next Presidential election?
Only a fool wouldn't understand that he wants to be able to campaign on fixing health care (which isn't broke by the way) without being accountable to the results of his fix. His rhetoric can convince some fools that they'll like it prior to them living (or dying) with it. The obvious concern is that after it is implemented there will be various problems that will make for useful campaign fodder.

I don't think he needs to be all that worried. The worst effects won't be realized for several years. The problems with a single payer system will get progressively worse with time. Two biggest problems that will develop in time are quickly escalating costs and the death of research and development by the medical industry (pharmaceutical, etc) as the profit incentive is damaged.

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