The Health Care Fiasco Will Affect the U.S. Military

BY Herschel Smith
11 years, 3 months ago

From Mark Steyn:

Well, it seems to be in the bag now. I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it’s hard to overestimate the magnitude of what the Democrats have accomplished. Whatever is in the bill is an intermediate stage: As the graph posted earlier shows, the governmentalization of health care will accelerate, private insurers will no longer be free to be “insurers” in any meaningful sense of that term (ie, evaluators of risk), and once that’s clear we’ll be on the fast track to Obama’s desired destination of single payer as a fait accomplis.

If Barack Obama does nothing else in his term in office, this will make him one of the most consequential presidents in history. It’s a huge transformative event in Americans’ view of themselves and of the role of government. You can say, oh, well, the polls show most people opposed to it, but, if that mattered, the Dems wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing. Their bet is that it can’t be undone, and that over time, as I’ve been saying for years now, governmentalized health care not only changes the relationship of the citizen to the state but the very character of the people. As I wrote in NR recently, there’s plenty of evidence to support that from Britain, Canada, and elsewhere.

More prosaically, it’s also unaffordable. That’s why one of the first things that middle-rank powers abandon once they go down this road is a global military capability. If you take the view that the U.S. is an imperialist aggressor, congratulations: You can cease worrying. But, if you think that America has been the ultimate guarantor of the post-war global order, it’s less cheery. Five years from now, just as in Canada and Europe two generations ago, we’ll be getting used to announcements of defense cuts to prop up the unsustainable costs of big government at home. And, as the superpower retrenches, America’s enemies will be quick to scent opportunity.

Longer wait times, fewer doctors, more bureaucracy, massive IRS expansion, explosive debt, the end of the Pax Americana, and global Armageddon. Must try to look on the bright side . . .

I think that Mark is basically right.  You will see a gradual waning of the ability to project force abroad.  It will have at its root the health care fiasco we witnessed tonight – the socialization and nationalization of the greatest health care system on earth.  I may as well take my car in for minor maintenance, only to watch the mechanics beat up my engine bay with sledge hammers, hand the car keys back to me, and tell me that the problem is fixed.  Indeed, very consequential days we live in.

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  1. On March 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm, DesertPete45 said:

    Yup, welcome to marxist obama’s vision for america. Elected by stupid ass dumb americans who have been educated in government schools and informed by a commie press we are done. our once great nation is on her knees thanks to a 48 yr old sophmoric idiot going on 19!!! he is an angry man who rejects america as a great nation he is destroying my country, our country, not his country. he a jeremiah wrigth, al sharpton, jessie jackson and all the other race bating hucksters don’t give a damn about healthcare or anything of the sort but instead it is about control or our lives and ensure continuous victories for the slime in congress. if they were in private business most of the creeps in congress including obama, emmanuel, axlerod, pelosi, reid, et al. would be in federal prision. i do think most americans did not want this but the demons have a card up their sleeve; pass hc then immigration, screw the people, give these illegals the right to vote before november and our country is gone. look at rhodesia when the commie mugabe took over.a once prosperous nation now in ruins. i am angry as hell and not sure what to do or what to tell my children. if there were a place to flee to i would.

  2. On March 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm, Warbucks said:

    There goes my Toon-Town Bullet research grant …. Sheeeeeeez!

  3. On March 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm, frankg said:

    When I finally had the courage to turn on the sunday evening news and saw the house floor with the vote tally-it made me think of Pearl Harbor.

    I fear Israel will become another Czechoslovakia, 1938.

    Thanks for your comments on this development.

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