Government grows by a ratchet effect.
When Democrats gained unified control over Congress and the Executive Branch in 2009 they understandably moved to increase the size and scope of government, rather than, say, swiftly follow through with President Obama’s various promises to withdraw from foreign interventions. Adding new stuff? More politic.
Thus the legislation called (by opponents) “Obamacare.”
Democrats hoped that the wide number of people who would bear the initial costs would soon forget about them (the reform is already causing substantial increases in private insurance rates) while the smaller group of people who make obvious gains in services would solidly rank behind the reforms.
A slight miscalculation. Americans reacted against Obamacare immediately, and gave control of the House back to the Republicans.
But since Democrats control the Senate, the bill will die there. If by some miracle it passed, the president will veto.
In the ratchet they trust.
Hoping dispersed costs will eventually be lost sight of, and feeling certain that the concentrated effects will indeed nurture a voting bloc, progressive Democrats see a bright future for ever-expanding government incursion into medicine. As with most government encroachments, if it doesn’t work as advertised, more intrusiveness will be the next proposal for “reform.”
So far Democrats have plied their obvious advantage, reducing the repeal effort to symbolic action. Let’s hope Republicans can muster something more.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.