Health Reform and Vietnam
By Arnold Kling
Massachusetts also demonstrates that compulsory health insurance enables, and ultimately requires, politicians and government bureaus to control nearly all aspects of health care and medical practice.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about Vietnam analogies. For example, mandatory health insurance is kind of like the draft. Forcing us to do our duty.
I also think that maybe the Obama Administration does not really care about the contents of the reform legislation. It’s their Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, that will allow them enough leeway to do whatever they want. After all, if you can use TARP for auto companies, if the Secretary of Energy can use government guaranteed loans to anoint the electric car the winning technology, if the FTC can regulate how bloggers talk about products without any law ever mandating such regulation, if the stimulus is just one big slush fund, where do we think there are going to be boundaries on administrative fiat with respect to health insurance, health regulation, or health care spending?
The best and the brightest see no limits to their ability to make our lives better through their exercise of power.
I do think that overspending will do them in. As far as government indebtedness goes, they are waist deep in the Big Muddy. The big fool says to push on.