The latest from Krauthammer. He suggests “Obamacare 2.0” focus on using the insurance industry to impose government control on the health care system. It’s politically feasible while still ultimately getting you where you want to go, if you’re the statist type.
I must wonder why this great conservative mind is offering Dems serious strategy advice on health care. Maybe he knows they will eschew it, and threw in for the intellectual thrill of offering genuinely good advice to one’s adversaries before they themselves could think of it or put it into action.
Recall, it was Krauthammer whose column advocating a withdrawal strategy for the Harrier Miers Supreme Court nomination appeared strikingly similar to that the White House employed only six days later. So he’s got a track record on this sort of thing. Will Democrats be as smart as the Bush administration and follow Krauthammer’s advice?
Let’s hope not. (come on, you know I loved writing those last couple lines).
A few bits from the piece:
“You don’t need a Ph.D. [or an MD from Harvard, like the author] to see that the promise to expand coverage and reduce costs is a crude deception, or that cutting $500 billion from Medicare without affecting care is a fiction.”
“Promise nothing but pleasure — for now. Make health insurance universal and permanently protected. Tear up the existing bills and write a clean one — Obamacare 2.0 — promulgating draconian health-insurance regulation that prohibits (a) denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, (b) dropping coverage if the client gets sick, and (c) capping insurance company reimbursement.”
“Government-subsidized universal and virtually unlimited coverage will vastly compound already out-of-control government spending on health care. The financial and budgetary consequences will be catastrophic.”
“But by then, resistance will be feeble. Why? Because at that point the only remaining option will be to give up the benefits we will have become accustomed to. Once granted, guaranteed universal health care is not relinquished. Look at Canada. Look at Britain. They got hooked; now they ration. So will we.”