Saturday, September 01, 2007

Creeping "Compassionate Conservatism"

Conservatives are now apparently reduced to debating the best way to expand government intervention in areas where government's previous attempts have created major problems.

Mitt Romney recently released a policy statement suggesting we need more bureaucrats regulating health care. An excerpt from his website: Expanding Access To Affordable Health Care
...Governor Romney's conservative reforms also make the states true partners in the effort to expand access to affordable, quality health insurance.
The Orwellian juxtaposition of the words "conservative" with states as "true partners" in a socialized health care scheme is, to be charitable, disappointing. Watching the Congressional debate on SCHIP, one can only shudder at the prospect of states defining hospitals in Michigan and Wisconsin to actually be in Illinois. From the language of a SCHIP earmark:
"any hospital co-located in Marinette, Wisconsin and Menominee, Michigan is deemed to be located in Chicago."
This language ensures that any such hospital will receive far higher Medicare fees. There is one such hospital. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-MI, knows exactly where it is.

At one time affordable health care was the responsibility of the market, but as a direct consequence of increasing government meddling in health care, costs have sky-rocketed.

Mitt Romney tells us the cure is more government. No thanks. One Bush 43 promoting vast health care entitlements is far more than sufficient.


Mitch said...

Of course, with the government adding additional manates that consumers do not want makes it increasingly unafforadable for people to acquire insurance. Why should people pay for coverage for sex change operations? Well, that is another mandate that some states require. Needless to say, the state only exacerbates the problem

Jeremy said...

I agree with Mitch's comment about government-mandated expanded coverage of things that most people couldn't care less about. However I think it's a bit unfair to blame rising health care costs primarily on government "meddling" - and not mention the exponential increase in litigation which has in turn raised the cost of liability insurance for doctors. I think that perhaps the biggest factor of rising health-care costs has been a cultural shift and greater sense of entitlement. Fifty years ago people understood that a doctor would do his best but he's not God. Today people expect doctors to be omniscient. Can't say I have hard data to back this up but it seems evident to me.