Let’s Not Pretend

Far from being heresy, as advertised, this seems like a refreshingly straightforward statement of the liberal position on healthcare reform, doesn’t it?

The U.S. government is making a costly and open-ended commitment to help provide health coverage for the vast majority of its citizens. I support this commitment, and I think the federal government’s spending priorities should be altered to make it happen. But let’s not pretend that it isn’t a big deal, or that it will be self-financing, or that it will work out exactly as planned. It won’t.

The let’s-not-pretend, I guess that’s the heresy. That and admitting –in some part– the validity of the opposing argument.

What is really unfolding, I suspect, is the scenario that many conservatives feared. The Obama Administration, like the Bush Administration before it (and many other Administrations before that) is creating a new entitlement program, which, once established, will be virtually impossible to rescind. At some point in the future, the fiscal consequences of the reform will have to be dealt with in a more meaningful way, but by then the principle of (near) universal coverage will be well established. Even a twenty-first-century Ronald Reagan will have great difficult (sic) overturning it.

Oh, you devilish Dems, always with the Bush reference.

Anyway, this new RR will, I strongly suspect, be busy dealing with all the other great difficults that this administration is in the process of manufacturing. Good luck to whomever he (or she) is.


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