This isn’t us insisting that Obamacare supporters are the stupidest, dumbass, people but Senator Orrin Hatch. We would simply agree that if not the people then at least the plan is pretty stupid and dumbass. The point being that what ails American health care is an excess of government. Adding more government to American health care therefore isn’t the solution.
Orrin Hatch: ObamaCare supporters some of the ‘stupidest, dumbass people’
There is of course a joy in having a politician willing to call it like it is. Perhaps Trump’s motormouth is rubbing off a little to good effect.
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch apologized Friday for saying those who support the Affordable Care Act are some of “the stupidest, dumb-ass people” he has ever met.
A pity he apologised of course.
“That was the stupidest, dumbass bill I’ve ever seen,” Hatch, 83, said of the Affordable Care Act. “Now some of you may have loved it — if you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met. And there are a lot of them up there on Capitol Hill from time to time.”
That last is entirely correct. There is no explanation for the current legal code other than that far too many villages have lost their idiots to politics.
The thing is though what ails American health care isn’t that government does pay for more of it, nor subsidise it. Quite the contrary, it’s the manner in which government does regulate and subsidise health care which causes the current problems.
Not to try and give a complete list but. First up is the non-taxable nature of employer provided health care insurance. This came about in WWII as a result of incomes caps – but health care insurance wasn’t subject to the cap. So, companies could raise pay by offering paid health care insurance. They did – so grew the whole system. The effect of this is that there’s near no connection between the wallets of those getting the health care and those providing it. This gives us Milton Friedman’s fourth way of spending money, the worst way.
Second we’ve the incredible restrictions imposed by the AMA and others on who may offer health care. It’s not just who may be a doctor, who a nurse and so on (with these restrictions also being state by state) we’ve actually got a system whereby in many places trying to build a new facility depends upon the permission of the owners of other, nearby, facilities. So much for free market competition there.
Adding another layer of government to this just isn’t the way to cure these ills – but that’s what Obamacare does. And it is possible to insist that those insisting it’s still a good idea are stupid. The worst part of the American health care system is the VA one. That’s the one that’s government financed, government provided and government regulated. Proof perfect that more government really isn’t the solution then.