July 7, 2010

Mitt's Hope n' Change in action...

I doubt if any RJ readers are believers in Obamacare, but but this piece is well worth reading...

Joseph Rago: The Massachusetts Health-Care 'Train Wreck' - WSJ.com:

...President Obama said earlier this year that the health-care bill that Congress passed three months ago is "essentially identical" to the Massachusetts universal coverage plan that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed into law in 2006. No one but Mr. Romney disagrees.

As events are now unfolding, the Massachusetts plan couldn't be a more damning indictment of ObamaCare. The state's universal health-care prototype is growing more dysfunctional by the day, which is the inevitable result of a health system dominated by politics...
...An entitlement sold as a way to reduce costs was bound to fundamentally change the system. The larger question—for Massachusetts, and now for the nation—is whether that was really the plan all along.

"If you're going to do health-care cost containment, it has to be stealth," said Jon Kingsdale, speaking at a conference sponsored by the New Republic magazine last October. "It has to be unsuspected by any of the key players to actually have an effect." Mr. Kingsdale is the former director of the Massachusetts "connector," the beta version of ObamaCare's insurance "exchanges," and is now widely expected to serve as an ObamaCare regulator.

He went on to explain that universal coverage was "fundamentally a political strategy question"—a way of finding a "significant systematic way of pushing back on the health-care system and saying, 'No, you have to do with less.' And that's the challenge, how to do it. It's like we're waiting for a chain reaction but there's no catalyst, there's nothing to start it."

In other words, health reform was a classic bait and switch: Sell a virtually unrepealable entitlement on utterly unrealistic premises and then the political class will eventually be forced to control spending. The likes of Mr. Kingsdale would say cost control is only a matter of technocratic judgement, but the raw dirigisme of Mr. Patrick's price controls is a better indicator of what happens when health care is in the custody of elected officials rather than a market.

Naturally, Mr. Patrick wants to export the rate review beyond the insurers to hospitals, physician groups and specialty providers—presumably to set medical prices as well as insurance prices. Last month, his administration also announced it would use the existing state "determination of need" process [Why does this ring a bell? Din't somebody use the term "death panels?"] to restrict the diffusion of expensive medical technologies like MRI machines and linear accelerator radiation therapy.

Meanwhile, Richard Moore, a state senator from Uxbridge and an architect of the 2006 plan, has introduced a new bill that will make physician participation in government health programs a condition of medical licensure. This would essentially convert all Massachusetts doctors into public employees. [Would Lenin have disapproved?]

All of this is merely a prelude to far more aggressive restructuring of the state's health-care markets—and a preview of what awaits the rest of the country....

Anyone with half a brain can see that Romneycare and Obamacare are intended for the expansion of government into the most vulnerable points of our lives. Who will want to publicly fight against big government when their mother or their child is "under review" for some life-saving procedure? Review by government employees, who are always highly politicized? Ugh! Remember what happened to Joe the Plumber...

I'm the oddball here because I think the real goal is the destruction of souls. The real goal is to have people living in a world where tough choices are made for them, where they are encouraged to be passive and let others think for them. This advances the goal of socialism, obviously, but the goal of that is to make the world a place where it is comfortable to be a nihilist. Which is what increasing numbers of people are.

If you believe in nothing but yourself, you are in a perilous position —your "self" is a bloodthirsty god. You will not want to think about the implications. Unconsciously your every decision will tend towards not thinking clearly about your situation. So, you will tend to eliminate anything that points to or symbolizes belief in things higher than the self. You will hate the the Pope, the Church, America, Israel, Jews, and Sarah Palin.

. Posted by John Weidner at July 7, 2010 7:02 AM
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