More on Obamacare

July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!  What better way to celebrate than with another depressing Mark Steyn column about our increasing dependence and the slow death of liberty?

Back in the real world, it is a melancholy fact that tens of millions of Americans are far more European in their view of government than the nation’s self-mythologizing would suggest. Indeed, citizens of many Continental countries now have more — what’s the word? — liberty in matters of health care than Americans. That’s to say, they have genuinely universal government systems alongside genuinely private-system alternatives. . . . It is the perverse genius of Obamacare that it will kill off what’s left of a truly private health sector without leading to a truly universal system.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is starting to look like Britain’s National Health Service — you wait two years to get in, and then they tell you there’s nothing wrong. And you can’t get a second opinion.

Meanwhile, Jonah Goldberg observes that the “liberal Washington establishment . . . still seems incapable of grasping what the fuss is about.”

Why did parts of major industries (the health-insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry) not do more to oppose Obamacare, and in some cases even positively publicly support it?  I had assumed that it was partly because of what Jonah Goldberg calls “incestuous collusion between government and big business”—e.g., the individual mandate forces all of America to be customers of a particular industry, which (depending on how you look at it) is a big win for that industry—combined with an unfortunate but perfectly rational calculation that resisting tyranny (even when tyranny is bad for business) isn’t worth alienating liberal customers, or incurring the even greater wrath of the imperial government in Washington.

Apparently it may also have been partly because key players were deliberately working in the interest of the Democrat party rather than the interests of their own company.

Also at National Review Online, Grace-Marie Turner rounds up a handy list of “The Top Ten Worst Things in Obamacare”.  The Heritage Foundation goes into more depth about particular provisions of the law.  Wintery Knight has another list of problems with it with links to further explanation.

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