George Will: “Of course I want Obamacare to fail”
On Sunday, George Will said what more Republicans and conservatives should be stating loud and clear: we want Obamacare to fail.
Why do we want it to fail? Again, Will states it excellently:
Of course I want Obamacare to fail, because if it doesn’t fail, it will just further entangle American society with a government that is not up to this. For one hundred years now, the narrative of progressivism —from Woodrow Wilson on – has been, progress will come, if, but only if, we concentrate more and more power in Washington, and more and more power in Washington power in the executive branch, and more and more executive branch power in the hands of experts – disinterested experts – such as those who designed healthcare.gov.
In the fight for a better health care system, it is important fiscal conservatives articulately and clearly state what we will fight for, not just against. We will fight for better health care, for fewer government “experts” that interferes with the doctor-patient relationship and raises costs, and for a health care system designed with the people in mind, not special interests and bureaucrats.
What would such a system look like? It could include an equitable tax system, trading insurance across state lines, tort reform, and no market-distorting subsidies. It would delegate many of Medicare’s responsibilities to the states, and have oversight of Medicare and Medicaid to significantly lower costs. It would again put America’s health care system back on the map as one of the best in the quality and cost of care.