September 24, 2007
What Will It Be?
Freedom or HillaryCare?
This week, it seemed
that we all stepped into a 1992 time warp: the Cowboys, 49ers and
Packers leading their respective NFL divisions and Hillary Clinton
proposing a government takeover of health care. I guess causing the
Democrats to lose control of Congress once wasn't enough for her she
has to try to make it happen again.
It is a thinly
disguised attempt to crush a health care system that, while far from
perfect, is still the last, best one on Earth. (And if you doubt that
appraisal, just ask all those Canadians and Europeans coming here for
surgeries and procedures they cannot get at home where they have already
made the mistake of trying government-controlled medicine.)
begins with compelling everyone to buy insurance, paired with a "play or
pay" tax on businesses that do not or cannot buy it for their employees.
The former piece would require an enforcement bureaucracy at least as
big and awful as the IRS, and is a frontal assault on private property.
The latter piece is even worse its cost would crush small businesses,
and larger ones would simply pay the tax and be happy to get rid of all
their health care expenses by shoving them onto government. Thus,
Hillary gives companies a financial incentive to do the dirty work of
instantly creating government health care for her.
Then there are the
heavy-handed mandates on private insurers, which always drive up costs.
Every time another person or procedure has to be paid for, everyone else
must be overcharged and overpay to generate the funds required to cover
that expense. This is barely disguised stealing. We don't abide
shoplifting, which we recognize raises prices to compensate for that
lost product. Yet with health care, we have no problem doing this
surcharging some, thus directly enabling and even encouraging the
parasitic behavior of others. And it isn't hard to figure out where it
all eventually ends with the total collapse of the system when the
number and cost of recipients outstrips the ability and willingness of
the rest to overpay.
Hillary claims to be able to pay for all of this by repealing the Bush
tax cuts, which will hurt the economy and actually lower government
revenue as taxpayers shelter more of their income from the higher rates.
The cost figures and the payment methods barely pass the laugh test.
Only the most moronic person could think that it won't cost trillions
more than claimed while any revenue needed to pay for it would barely
This plan would take
everything that is wrong with the present health care system and make it
worse, then cast it in stone with the force of government behind it. I
can offer a much better one in just three simple steps:
Crush the trial
lawyer lobby, which is driving doctors clean out of business with
perpetual malpractice lawsuits. The expense of malpractice insurance
alone adds incalculable costs to everything, as doctors pass it along to
patients, who are their customers. But since the Democrat Party is a
wholly owned subsidiary of the trial lawyers, this is nearly impossible.
income taxes. The only reason we have such a thing as "benefits" to
begin with is because employers wanted to find ways to compensate
employees more without being subject to a high income tax during World
War II. And as is typical with government, it's still with us some
60-plus years later.
If businesses really
want to be rid of the expense of health care, a big income tax cut can
result in them shoving that responsibility back where it belongs on
the employee, not government. They can simply pay a higher salary and
folks can shop for their own insurance, which also automatically solves
the "portability" issue since insurance would no longer be tied to
employment. The resulting competition for these consumers' dollars
amongst insurers would drive costs down.
Get rid of
prohibitions on buying insurance across state lines. Why this should be
illegal in the first place is beyond me. Presumably it was done solely
to protect near-monopolies within states and give them captive customers
to overcharge since they have nowhere else to go. This market should be
freed up and people should be able to buy whatever plan they want from
whatever provider is willing to sell it to them, wherever both entities
may be based.
My plan puts you and
the free market in charge. Hillarys plan puts her and government in
charge. And that's really the entire point of the whole exercise for
Hillary to get power and control over you and your life. Once she's
paying for the consequences, she'll be demanding to control your
The question is
whether enough of us still love freedom enough to accept the
responsibilities (like buying our own insurance) that come with it, or
whether we have been outnumbered by those who don't want the
responsibility and are willing to stupidly hand their freedom over to
Hillary so as to avoid it.
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