© 2016 Jim Spence - As we continue to highlight the profound wisdom and insights of one of America’s greatest philosophers, Thomas Sowell, we move on to Obamacare. Sowell had this to say about the outrageously named legislation, which Democrats dubbed the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (Obamacare):
“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.”
In a nutshell, a single sentence, Sowell is able to capture the sheer stupidity of every American who thought or still thinks Obamacare is a good idea.
Sadly, Obamacare is a cancer growing on the nation. The proof is in the economy. Recessions come and recessions go. George W. Bush became president during a recession that got underway when Bill Clinton was in the White House. It took some time, but eventually America climbed out of the deep trough and we resumed rapid rates of economic growth. The same is true of the recovery that got underway when Ronald Reagan became president in 1981. We experienced rapid growth.
There has been the slowest growth in decades for the last 7 ½ years. This is due in great part to the shackles on job creators that Obamacare imposes. Obamacare is a curse to pretty much anyone who works. Here is another quote from Sowell that helps explain why:
“Competition does a much more effective job than government at protecting consumers.”
Look at the official title of the law. It was named the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Obamacare neither protects patients nor provides affordability. Why? As Sowell so ably points out, competition does a much more effective job than government at protecting consumers. Why does Sowell say this? Because he knows that government protects government. Government’s chief concern is the perpetuation of itself. Protecting patients and making healthcare affordable are simply catch phrases that sound good. When you consider how frequently the following fundamental truth gets violated, you will understand why progressive Democrats are systematically destroying the nation’s ability to provide for itself:
“The fact that the market is not doing what we wish it would do is no reason to automatically assume that the government would do better.”-------Thomas Sowell
Oh but Democrats do “automatically assume that government would do better” even when the evidence is overwhelming that government does worse. Just yesterday a 76 year old veteran committed suicide outside of a VA hospital on Long Island in New York at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he had been a patient. That hospital is part of the Veterans Affairs medical system. It has been under scrutiny since 2014, when the V.A. finally admitted that numerous patients had died awaiting treatment. Government officials had tried to cover up long waiting times for thousands of veterans seeking medical care. Why? Because government protects itself, not its patients. Even a study released by the Government Accountability Office as recently as April revealed that the V.A. system has still not fixed its scheduling problems.
The point is simple. The federal government may dominate the private healthcare system through regulations, but the government RUNS the V.A. system.
Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton want to bring the same horrific quality of service, piss poor service, that is a national scandal at the V.A., to every single American. Why? Because Democrats wrongly assume, and do so automatically, that government can do better.