Some of you have asked me to comment on the passage of PelosiCare (or, as I like to call it "ScaryCare") over the weekend.
Like most of the Dems voting on the bill, I haven't read it. Don't need to. The absolute bottom-line for me is that there are some things government cannot do and should not be allowed to do. Manage health-care is one of those things.
Regulating insurance companies so that basic fairness and liberties are protected is something the gov't can and should do. I don't pretend to be a policy wonk, but it seems to me that many of our health-care problems can be solved with minimal regulation.
As for the politics of the thing. . .well, I'm wondering how Pelosi and the Gang can call this bill a win. It was passed with five votes. She had to allow an explicit ban on abortion-funding, thus committing a sacrilege against the Political God of the Dems. The Senate will not pass anything like the monster she cobbled together from her interest groups. The gov't-run option is DOA in the Senate even if they manage to revive her Frankenstein in some prettier form. The Dems are going to lose their super-majority in the Senate in 2010.
So, what exactly did any of this accomplish? The only thing that makes sense to me is the How to Boil a Frog analogy. Put a frog in a pan of cold water. Slowly turn up the heat. Before he realizes he's boiling, it's too late to jump. PelosiCare is another notch on the socialist burner. Get us used to the heat and we move the marker for what counts as boiling.
If the goal of the Dems is to create a permanent Democrat majority by creating a permanent class of citizens who are totally dependent on the state. . .well, gov't run health care will certainly move them in that direction. It's pretty much what we have already with federal gov't workers: permanent votes for the Dems. What self-interested federal worker is going to vote for a candidate who runs on a platform of cutting gov't spending? If my job, my health, my car, my bank account, and my newspaper all depend on gov't handouts, then you can be damned sure I'm voting for the guy who promises more gov't spending!
This guy has a good take on whole thing.