November 13 2009
People Don't Trust Health Care Reform Claims
Carrie L. Lukas
The Detroit New's Nolan Finley writes about the many reasons that so many Americans don't want the Democratic-proposed health care reform. It comes down to a matter of trust: the American people don't buy the ridiculous idea that the governmentu can expand coverage, cut costs, and not compromise quality. Finley highlights why this lack of trust is justified: we've seen the government make such promises in the past which turn out to be bogus.
Most interestingly, he writes about the more fundamental reason for the lack of trust:
That speaks to the widest gap in trust -- the bill's motives. The expressed goal is to make affordable insurance available to all. But much of what's in the bill reaches well beyond that mission, raising suspicions that the real objectives are to increase the dominance of government over the individual and use health care as a means of achieving a broader liberal agenda.
For example, the bill is laden with affirmative action requirements in health care education and hiring. A Senate version requires the government to "develop standards for the measurement of gender" because simple male and female checkboxes are no longer relevant.
It also requires restaurant chains to disclose caloric content and other nutritional information on menus. And it sets up home visits by federal health monitors to assess the household behaviors of certain families with young children.
He zeroes in on perhaps the worst affect of government's push to take-over so much of the health care system. It becomes an invitation for government to try to micromanage our lives since just about everything we do is in at least some way related to our health. This will be the new justification for all kinds of government regulation and intervention, and our personal freedom will be the greatest casualty of government-run health care.