Mark Steyn on the failure of Obamacare repeal

From 2010:

I’ve been saying in this space for two years that the governmentalization of health care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture. It redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state in fundamental ways that make limited government all but impossible. In most of the rest of the Western world, there are still nominally “conservative” parties, and they even win elections occasionally, but not to any great effect (Let’s not forget that Jacques Chirac was, in French terms, a “conservative”).

The result is a kind of two-party one-party state: Right-of-center parties will once in a while be in office, but never in power, merely presiding over vast left-wing bureaucracies that cruise on regardless.

And, when polls showed an ever larger number of Americans ever more opposed to Obamacare (by margins approaching three-to-one), Republicans were further stunned to discover that, in order to advance “reconciliation,” Democrat reconsiglieres had apparently been offering (illegally) various cosy Big Government sinecures to swing-state congressmen in order to induce them to climb into the cockpit for the kamikaze raid to push the bill through. The Democrats understand that politics is not just about Tuesday evenings every other November, but about everything else, too. … Once the state swells to a certain size, the people available to fill the ever-expanding number of government jobs will be statists – sometimes hard-core Marxist statists, sometimes social-engineering multiculti statists, sometimes fluffily “compassionate” statists, but always statists. The short history of the post-war welfare state is that you don’t need a president-for-life if you’ve got a bureaucracy-for-life: The people can elect “conservatives,” as the Germans have done and the British are about to do, and the Left is mostly relaxed about it because, in all but exceptional cases (Thatcher), they fulfill the same function in the system as the first-year boys at wintry English boarding schools who, for tuppence-ha’penny or some such, would agree to go and warm the seat in the unheated lavatories until the prefects strolled in and took their rightful place. (March 5, 2010) More.

Reality check: Republicans pay their country club dues by pretending to offer an alternative. They want to lose.

The Charlie Gard case shows where government health care really leads: euthanasia or euthanasia in all but name

See also: Involuntary euthanasia push: Charlie Gard safe till July 25 (Since deceased: too late to start treatment)

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  • Hard Little Machine

    ALL of Congress exempted itself from Obamacare by classifying itself as a ‘small business’. If you want to see changes in Obamacare eliminate that exemption

  • Waffle

    What a bloody depressing read so early in the morning. As usual, Steyn is so right. And it is impossible not to think of Canada.

    In the short span of a mere 50 years, I have watched how the unions have hiked costs while simultaneously destroying professionalism and delivering less and less.

    If anyone in this once great, but now g-d-forsaken country has the ball to start a revolution, blowing up our “free” healthcare system should be top of the list of things to do.

    • Maggat

      Canada was placed on the road to ruin when PET allowed the civil service to unionize. The gov’ts main concern then became ‘us’ as opposed to the rest of the country’s citizens.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As long as health care providers and pharmaceutical companies see the free market as a license to gouge, there will always be a demand for government intervention.

  • Alain

    The most important thing that Mark points out is the entrenched bureaucracy which continues on its course regardless of who is in power. Unless that is eliminated, the president will only be a figure head. The same applies to Canada by the way. This is exactly why I hope and pray that Trump is able to win this war in spite of all the odds. If not the United States will continue down the same drain as Canada, just at a slower pace.