I never really thought of myself as evil. Naughty, maybe, but not evil. Imagine my surprise when I saw in the paper that without undue strain, I could be called an “evil-monger.” First, let me disclose that I have never disrupted (or even attended) a town meeting, nor have I organized a tea party. I have, however, written against the health care plan under consideration in Congress. For voicing that opinion, I am apparently evil.
I am sure most of the people who agree with me share my indifference to the anointed who are now in an apoplectic rage. I don’t give a rat’s posterior what they think. It is, however, a real insight into human nature to note how pathetic is their defense of what I consider to be a harebrained idea. Even more interesting is the flanking strategy that is evolving from the recent repudiation of their offensive.
On Sunday, the Obama Administration went so far as to allow that the government need not necessarily be part of health care reform. Apparently, reality gave them a sound smack in the back of the head. Many Americans, most of them quite sensible and not given to shouting at meetings, realize that government involvement in health care is the problem, not the solution.
Forgive me if I indulge in more evil-doing now. I am not relieved. I suppose I should be–it is not a government plan, or is it? We don’t know for sure yet, but dollars to doughnuts cooperatives will in the end serve the same purpose–to drive private insurers out of business to make way for a single-payer system.
John Mackey of Whole Foods wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal the other day. Smart fellow, him, since his points were quite similar to the ones I posted a week or so ago. For suggesting that numerous free-market solutions were preferable to a government plan, Mackey has been excoriated by the left. They are, of course, free to boycott Whole Foods or any other business they see fit. I find it all quite pathetic, though. Isn’t that just a bit like shouting?
Which brings me back to my original theme–reality. If we are to embark upon this massive change, let’s lay it all out on both sides. Let one side explain (minus the shouting) how unleashing the forces of the free market can benefit everyone, including those who suffer through no fault of their own. Let the other side explain (without calling others “evil-mongers”) why they think their system will work to do the same, without ignoring the question of how to pay for it over the long run.
Our choice in this matter is up to us. The result of our choice is not. Reality is deaf to our pejoratives. It will decide what system works without bias. Let’s choose wisely, eyes wide open, politely.