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Among The Worst Bills Congress Has Ever Seriously Contemplated! by The Elephant's Child

The Wall Street Journal headline called it “The Worst Bill Ever.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told fellow Democrats that she’s prepared to lose seats in 2010 if that’s what it takes to pass ObamaCare, and little wonder.  The health bill she unwrapped last Thursday, which President Obama hailed as a “critical milestone,” may well be the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced.

Well, that’s right to the point.  It is a devastating editorial, and worth reading in its entirety. It goes on:

The political incentive will always be for government to expand benefits and reduce cost-sharing, trampling any chance of giving individuals financial incentives to economize on care.  Essentially all insurers will become government contractors, in the business of fulfilling political demands:”There will be no such thing as “private” health insurance.

All of this is intentional, even if it isn’t explicitly acknowledged.  The overriding liberal ambition is to finish the work began decades ago as the Great Society of converting health care into a government responsibility.  Mr. Obama’s own Medicare actuaries estimate that the federal share of U.S. health dollars will quickly climb beyond 60% from 46% today.  One reason Mrs. Pelosi has fought so ferociously against her own Blue Dog colleagues to include at least a scaled-back “public option” entitlement program is so that the architecture is in place for future Congresses to expand this share even further.

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