Health Care Legislation: Like the CPSIA, Only Worse

Good online column from Hugh Hewitt, who sees the unintended but still damaging consequences of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act as persuasive grounds to fear expanded federal government control of health care. From “The CPSIA, The ESA, The CWA and Obamacare“:

What the CPSIA, the ESA and CWA all have in common is that the disastrous economic costs they are operating to exact from the private sector were not intended by the men and women who drafted them and were not foreseen by those who legislators who voted for them. Client after client arrives in our offices in various states of disbelief that Congress could have possibly intended the federal laws to operate in such destructive fashion.

The answer is always the same: Congress did not so intend, but activists, enthusiasts within bureaucracies, and the federal courts have all combined to take seemingly sensible efforts at apparently practical, small-step legislation and turn them all into regulatory behemoths with vast power to cripple or completely destroy private enterprise.

The Wall Street Journal also reached for historical comparisons — if a little further back in history — in its tough editorial today, “The Worst Bill Ever“:

Critics will say we are exaggerating, but we believe it is no stretch to say that Mrs. Pelosi’s handiwork ranks with the Smoot-Hawley tariff and FDR’s National Industrial Recovery Act as among the worst bills Congress has ever seriously contemplated.

That’s not bombast. The Journal cites specific economic catastrophes inherent in the bill, including the European levels of high taxation.

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