Mickey Kaus, a reform-minded Democrat and commentator from California, congratulates Congressional Democrats for passing the health care legislation. From “Not So Sudden Victory“:
Whatever CBO says or doesn’t say, I don’t for one minute believe that the bill’s new, highly subsidized system of insurance “exchanges”– allowing millions of less affluent citizens to gain access to ever-more-complicated medical technology–will “bend the curve” of health care costs downwards or help the nation’s deficit situation. I’d be surprised if even a third of the Democrats who voted for the bill believe it. I suspect most of them support the bill for the same reasons most Democrats do–as a crucial step in preventing trivial and superficial economic contrasts from translating into ultimate and profound life and death decisions.
They–we–know there will almost certainly be a big additional bill to pay down the road. It will be even bigger if, as we can hope and expect, government attempts to restrict potentially useful treatments in the name of economy prove unsustainably unpopular. But it will be easier to pay this bill once everyone is in the same system–when old people can’t argue that their care is being cut in order to insure the young, etc.. We will all be figuring out how to pay for ourselves.
Kaus is challenging Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in the Democratic primary, running for the sake of argument, as it were. We’ve always appreciated his good humor, abhorrence of cant and reform-mindedness.
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