As you may have heard, the following was on the White House website:
“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Wow, the government urging people to report you if you say things they don’t like…hmmm…that sounds vaguely familiar. Seems like I read something like that in a book once…
So here goes: the basic issues in health care are cost, quality, coverage and availability, right? Yet somehow, we’re supposed to believe the government will release the magic health care genies they have locked away in Area 51, and will actually improve all these things? Really? Putting a bunch of bureaucrat drones in nominal charge of 1/6 of our economy, whose macro decisions will all be subject to oversight from pols who swim in a sea of corrupt patronage, that’s gonna make things better? We won’t really see rationing, denial of care, wage controls driving out good talent and the death of the innovation that makes our health care industry the wonder of the world? And at a price tag of mere trillions?
Come on, people, work with me. Obama and the Dems are selling you on Free Ice Cream. Free Ice Cream is great, but most of us realized after about age 10 that it wasn’t really “free” in the broadest sense.
Anyway, that’s all, short and sweet. Now please, run and report me to the Thought Police, Syme! Ah, that’s not exactly right – fortunately, when these guys go all Big Brother, they tend to do it in true Three Stooges fashion. Clumsy and buffoonish, more cringe-inducing than terrifying. Or as Instapundit put it once, “stormtroopers in clown shoes.”