May 05, 2004

Didn't we already have this discussion?

Thomas Sowell on HillaryCare 2004:

A huge headline on the front of a recent issue of the New York Times Magazine said more than they intended: "Now Are We Ready to Talk About Health Care?" Inside was an article with the same title by Hillary Clinton.

The casual arrogance of that question is staggering. We talked endlessly about Hillary's proposed government-run medical system a decade ago and decided against it for many reasons. Now this re-run of the same issues proceeds as if the question is whether the rest of us are "ready" to talk about such things.

The reason I oppose government-run health care is that I have seen up close and personal how the choices you make with health care can have unimaginably (if you've never been there) huge consequences on your life. I don't want some bureaucrat deciding for me or my family what constitutes "good enough" health care. I want to decide for myself what tradeoffs I want to make between health care and other goods. As Sowell says:

"Universal health care" is a lovely phrase with political resonance in some quarters. But what does it mean concretely?

First of all, since people differ in what they want, nothing can be "universal" without being mandatory. In other words, we are talking about forcing people to belong to whatever program the politicians and bureaucrats come up with, regardless of what the people themselves might prefer.


What the lovely phrase "universal health care" boils down to is politicians and bureaucrats forcing people to get their medical treatment and pharmaceutical drugs the way the politicians and bureaucrats decide.

Don't worry, though. Hillary knows what's best for you, because she's smarter than you and she cares.

Posted by Mr Green at May 5, 2004 03:36 PM

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