Difficult logic

Joel Comm, an opponent of the ill-advised health care “reform” being shoved down America’s throat, tweeted this argument:

Only a corrupt government would shove through legislation that the majority of Americans are opposed to

I think it’s politically stupid for them to do this, and I share the sentiment, but ultimately you can’t rule by polls (or Poles).

What if a government was trying to pass legislation that was good for America, but the majority of Americans opposed it for, say, racist or immoral reasons? Would it then be wrong for the government to pass it despite public opposition? There’s a mechanism called “elections” that’s supposed to take care of bad government. (Whether these “election” things do their job is another argument.)

I do believe this is more about control than health care. It’s been that way since Bismarck. Those in favor of government-dominated health care even admit it:

Whoever provides medical care or pays the costs of illness stands to gain the gratitude and good will of the sick and their families. The prospect of these good-will returns to investment in health care creates a powerful motive for governments and other institutions to intervene in the economics of medicine. Political leaders since Bismarck seeking to strengthen the state or to advance their own or their party’s interests have used insurance against the costs of sickness as a means of turning benevolence to power. Similarly, employers often furnish medical care to recruit new workers and instill loyalty to the firm. Unions and fraternal societies have used the same means to strengthen solidarity. On more narrowly commercial grounds, insurance companies also gain advantage from serving as middlemen. To be the intermediary in the costs of sickness is a strategic role that confers social and political as well as strictly economic gains.” — Paul Starr in The Social Transformation of Social Medicine, 1982.

Starr is a Princeton U professor of sociology and public affairs who advised Hillary Clinton during her effort to implement universal health care.


One thought on “Difficult logic

  1. You are exactly right. In the long haul this is about political power and who will have it in the future. Conservatives have a very loyal base, but it’s not growing. It’s stagnant and getting older. The young, the poor and minorities want nothing to do with them. Like it or not they are the majority of the future. Ignore that at your own peril.

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