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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Obamacare omen -- By Grady Means, The Washington Times

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times (Illustration by Linas Garsys, The Washington Times)

The fallacy of socialized medicine stands as a warning to posterity 

Presidents with no experience in the private sector, and virtually none in domestic or foreign policy, will always be trapped by the law of unintended consequences. They just don't understand how things work, or don't work. While ignorance might allow them to speak with astounding confidence, they are often shocked by the results of their policies. This particularly inexperienced president will go down, politely, as "historically surprised."

The central point made by conservative Republicans, or Democrats who appreciate the free market, is that the private sector, properly directed, is the most effective way to create economic growth and solve complex problems such as health care cost control, quality and availability. Republican leadership has been entirely inarticulate on this point, though, or has gotten lost in internecine weeds and warfare, and has not convinced the public of this fundamental difference between the Republican and Democratic approaches to governance.

Now President Obama has taken care of that with a gift that will reset the course for American political debate for decades. Obamacare, in particular, and the Obama administration in general, have provided the crystal-clear conclusion that government should not be put in charge of creating huge, new organizations for managing massive programs of economic change, because government is, fundamentally, not as good as the private sector at designing and managing these types of institutions.

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