While You Were Shopping [Dan Collins]
Some time after Labor Day, many Americans will start to focus on the November elections, and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be surprised to learn that while they were at the mall, government-run health care moved from being a vague idea to an essentially Ã¢â‚¬Å“done deal.Ã¢â‚¬Â In just eighteen weeks Americans will, with every vote, submit to the idea of the government Ã¢â‚¬â€ that master of mismanagement Ã¢â‚¬â€ having a formidable control over their health care. Logic dictates that the common realities of age and illness Ã¢â‚¬â€ which come to us all Ã¢â‚¬â€ will steadily endow the government with ever-increasing authority over life choices and inevitable intrusions into decisions that should be private.
Once the thing is put into motion, there will be no pulling back. American presidents may peacefully surrender their power, but bureaucrats never do.
It may be too late to wonder Ã¢â‚¬â€ at this eleventh hour Ã¢â‚¬â€ if the free markets, local communities, and our elected officials have really done all they could to develop creative insurance alternatives to the super-sized government Ã¢â‚¬Å“solutionÃ¢â‚¬Â that will quickly affect our economy and slowly erode our freedoms. Will we look back and ask, perhaps naively, why citizens lacking work-connected health insurance could not have simply bought into the same or similar plans that covered state employees? If low-income families found the premiums too dear, might they not then have been able to use a tax-credit or deduction to offset that cost?