Socialized Medicine Now! (Figure Out The Details Later)
I really, really don't like the sound of this latest column by the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne. The subject is why major health care reform is all-but-certain to come out of Congress this year:
One largely unheralded change is that health-care reformers have made peace with each other. In the past, groups advocating competing proposals were more interested in establishing their dominance than in passing a bill.Well, what could possibly go wrong with all that? Just seize control of everything and then figure out how to make it work afterwards.
"People who advocated health coverage for all Americans wanted it their way, and the second choice was nothing," Waxman told me. This time, he said, reformers want to get to universal coverage by whatever route is open.
I suppose I should be grateful. At least this time there are not pretending that they have any respect for free markets or any goal other than centralized control.