Back to something serious, we note with dismay the inability of our body politic to acknowledge reality in the debate about "healthcare
" (really health insurance).
Thanking gentle reader and nearly-co-blogger JB
in CA for his tip, we offer the incisive commentary of Maggie Gallagher, who lays bare Hillary Clinton's repeated use of a "healthcare" sob story
that has all the political virtues except a basis in fact. Of course, Hillary's story about a woman who died after being denied treatment (when in fact she wasn't denied treatment) is her means of suggesting that the enemy death itself can be defeated if only we will let Hillary do What's Right for America. Gallagher nicely lays out the issue of health insurance
as it actually exists: if the government controls costs, it also controls supply. If you like the idea of the government rationing something that can save your life, you'll love the Hillary Plan.
Still in denial, but honestly so, is "economist" Paul Krugman
, who last week in the Gray Lady
seriously offered that government control of healthcare
costs would be preferable to market forces
. His example? What he styles as the enormously successful Veterans Administration hospital system!* We applaud Krugman
for admitting what the rest of us have been saying for a long time: if you want to know what government-funded healthcare
will be like, go to the VA.Krugman
decries the fact that Americans spend more on healthcare
than anyone else. We'll leave aside the question as to how much of that spending has to do with interference in the market by government and and undersupply
of providers created by quasi-governmental professional associations. Instead, we'll celebrate the relative liberty and prosperity that gives Americans the ability to decide to use their huge piles of mammon (that's for you, Rustypants
) on healthcare if they want to
Face it: if you had unlimited cash and limited scruples, you'd spend everything you could to improve your health and forestall your death. That's what Americans are doing. The load of baloney that they're considering is the notion that Uncle Sugar will pay the bill for them with the reckless abandon with which they would personally pay if only they could. If Americans take the Democrats' bargain, Americans will gain nothing in exchange
for what liberty they had over their own health.
gratefully asserts that many employees of the VA work hard to make the system work, providing superb personal care whenever they are given the opportunity. SWNID
insists that for nearly all veterans, VA hospitals are providers of last resort.