Why we have to have what will not work

Elizabeth Scalia argues that socialized medicine looks inevitable:

Some time after Labor Day, many Americans will start to focus on the November elections, and they'll be surprised to learn that while they were at the mall, government-run health care moved from being a vague idea to an essentially "done deal." In just eighteen weeks Americans will, with every vote, submit to the idea of the government -- that master of mismanagement -- having a formidable control over their health care. Logic dictates that the common realities of age and illness -- which come to us all -- will steadily endow the government with ever-increasing authority over life choices and inevitable intrusions into decisions that should be private.

Once the thing is put into motion, there will be no pulling back. American presidents may peacefully surrender their power, but bureaucrats never do.

That last sentence made me shudder, because I understand the phenomenon so well.

Republicans have done little or nothing to stop the onslaught. They get my vote only because I prefer slowing the pace of socialism to speeding it up.

As Scalia reminds, it's not as if we weren't warned:

We cannot say we were not warned. For more than 15 years politicos and media folk have asserted the need for government-managed health care, until their drone became little more than background music to our daily waltzes. But knowing the government wanted to mandate health care coverage for every citizen, perhaps Americans should have taken some time to investigate exactly who the "millions of uninsured Americans" are; many of them are young adults choosing to opt out of coverage. Perhaps we should have attempted to first demonstrate that the government could successfully serve the uninsured minority, before subjecting the entire nation -- and a large chunk of the economy -- to an untried program.
It's awful, and worst of all, socialized medicine has been shown not to work.

Which is not surprising, because socialism does not work.

As I keep saying, that might be the whole idea.

(The fact that socialized medicine will not work is not a bug, but a feature.)

posted by Eric on 07.09.08 at 12:23 PM










Comments

The triumph of emotion over reason. We've become a nation of lottery players.(If you don't play you can't win!)

Sad

Jim Gleason   ·  July 9, 2008 3:39 PM

It will closely resemble the socialized (public) education now offered to American families.

And, like public education, people who demand more will be outside the government system.

I feel sorry for the real doctors caught in the change. The system will eventually become two track, with the pay customers using an American-educated MD of their choosing, and the "free' government providers featuring Paki and Indian docs, and Phillipino nurses.

And, as with education, none of the Democrat backers will use the govt system for their own families.

If ever 'you get what you pay for' is true, it's true for education and medicine.

Socialized medicine is not even a reality yet, but already it is underfunded. See how our Congress behaves this week with Medicare.

dr kill   ·  July 9, 2008 4:03 PM

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