Mitt Romney’s “Big Dig”

I would never say that I’ve held Mitt Romney in contempt, that’s not part of my take on him (I hold the Clintons in contempt, for instance).

No, for me Romney has always been just a big zero and I probably wouldn’t think of him at all if the National Review (and in particular its dizzy online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez, who has her good and her bad moments) had not thrown its considerable reputation and weight behind him.

Now comes an update on Romney’s big universal health care initiative that was launched before he finished his term as governor in Massachusetts:

Mitt Romney’s presidential run is history, but it looks as if the taxpayers of Massachusetts will be paying for it for years to come. The former Governor had hoped to ride his grand state “universal” health-care reform of 2006 to the White House, but his state’s residents are now having to live with what he and the state’s Democratic Legislature passed. As the Boston press likes to say, it’s “the new Big Dig.”

Yeah, it always starts with the “best of intentions,” and then it turns into the superhighway to hell.

Any attempt to provide “universal” coverage is going to collide with a “private” system that already has too much government interference to function properly.

But ultimately, if the federal government adopts “universal” coverage the system will eventually winnow itself down to eugenic editing at the beginning of life, enthusiasm for euthanasia at the end, and rationed care in between. As always, “universal” care will make the healthy happy because they will feel secure. The system will only be bad for those who are sick. They’ll get the best care that’s available, with an emphasis on available, and we’ll hear a lot about how it’s important for patients to lower their expectations and wait their turn.

If you’ve experienced, either as a patient or while attempting to look after someone close to you, the resentment that all too many workers, including doctors and nurses, in the health care industry already have towards patients, just wait until the government tightens its grip. I predict that the elderly especially will resist going into the hospital for anything, because they will be the first to understand that it will be a death sentence.

For decades now, whenever someone tells me that their parent or spouse or friend or relative is in the hospital, I always tell them in return that someone has to watch the situation like a hawk, learn what questions need to be asked and ask them, and never relent.

And I always use this line: Keep that big neon malpractice sign flashing on your forehead, at all times.

The more the government gets involved, the worse it will get.

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