Friday, March 30, 2012

Yesterday I quoted Thomas Friedman, a New York Times writer. Today I repeat a comment by E. J. Dionne, Washington Post. "The individual mandate was a conservative idea that President Barack Obama adopted to preserve the private market in health insurance rather than move toward a government- financed single payer system. What he got back from conservatives was not gratitude but charges of socialism for adopting their own proposal. The irony is that if the court's conservatives overthrow the mandate, they will hasten the arrival of a more government-heavy system." Justice Kennedy even hinted that it might be more "honest" if government simply used "the tax power to raise revenue and to just have a national health service, single-payer." Dionne added: "Remember those words."
My view - chances are that something will be done about healthcare that's better than what we have now. I'm pretty sure there will never be a mandate to buy broccoli, cell phones, burial services or cars.

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