Mark Steyn summarizes the end result of the Democrats’ health care “reforms”

You can’t summarize the whole fiasco better than Mark Steyn did:

We were told we had to do it because of the however many millions of uninsured, yet this bill will leave some 25 million Americans uninsured. On the other hand, millions of young fit healthy Americans in their first jobs who currently take the entirely reasonable view that they do not require health insurance at this stage in their lives will be forced to pay for coverage they neither want nor need. On the other other hand, those Americans who’ve done the boring responsible grown-up thing and have health plans Harry Reid determines to be excessively “generous” will be subject to punitive taxes up to 40 percent. On the other other other hand, if you’re the member of a union which enjoys privileged relations with Commissar Reid you’ll be exempt from that 40 percent shakedown. On the other other other other hand, if you’re already enjoying government health care, well, you’re 83 years old and, let’s face it, it’s hardly worth us giving you that surgery for the minimal contribution you make to society, so in the cause of extending government health care to millions of people who don’t currently get it we’re going to ration it for those currently entitled to it.

Looking at the millions of Americans it leaves uninsured, and the millions it leaves with worse treatment and reduced access, and the millions it makes pay significantly more for their current health care, one can only marvel at Harry Reid’s genius: government health care turns out to be all government and no health care. Adding up the zillions of new taxes and bureaucracies and regulations it imposes on the citizenry, one might almost think that was the only point of the exercise.


As I’ve been saying for over a year now, “health care” is the fast-track to a permanent left-of-center political culture. The unlovely Democrats on public display in the week before Christmas may seem like just a bunch of jelly-spined opportunists, grubby wardheelers and rapacious kleptocrats, but the smarter ones are showing great strategic clarity. Alas for the rest of us, Euro-style government on a Harry Reid/Chris Dodd/Ben Nelson scale will lead to ruin.

It’s no wonder that Steyn describes the bill as a “monstrous mountain of toxic pustules sprouting from greasy boils metastasizing from malign carbuncles.”

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  • suek

    He may not even be describing the worst possible outcome:

    It was particularly tickling this past week – maybe Friday? – when the regulars were off for the holidays and they had stand-ins for regular shows, with Mark Steyn was subbing for Hannity – I think – and had a discussion with two others, one of whom was the British financial news commenter.    So here are the two of them with their strong and  proper British accents discussing the unconstitutionality of the Health Care bill, Cap and Trade and maybe a couple of others, and the fact that their desire _not_ to be bound by such legislation was the reason they had come to the US – and where could they go if it all passed.  Such a mixture of feelings I had!  Laughing at the incongruity of two Englishmen complaining about unconstitutional legislation at the same time, while at the same time agreeing with them on the regognition that there is nowhere else to go.
    I think the future is in jeopardy…we aren’t going to be the only ones thinking and feeling this way.    I  think it was easier to build a nation when there was nothing, than it will be to tear down and start again.

  • Charles Martel

    “I  think it was easier to build a nation when there was nothing, than it will be to tear down and start again.”

    What you said, suek, reminded me of what happened recently to a house three doors down my street. It’s an almost exact duplicate of mine, a small worker’s cottage built in the early 1940s. The old man who owned it died a few years ago and the property, already in untended condition, began slowly rotting. Plants became overgrown and an old garage-like structure out back started tilting and slowly collapsing. Every once in awhile I’d see rats scurrying along the roofline.

    “Teardown,” I thought. Property values are high in my neck of the woods, despite the surface dumpiness of the place. Somebody will bulldoze the house and put up a nice, big, well-made Yuppie spectacle.

    The owner, a more visionary man than I, thought otherwise. He saw good bones in the house and spent two months tearing down its disintegrating dry walls, ripping out its outdated plumbing and wiring, and carefully rebuilding the old house to more modern specs. It’s on the market now, a little gem of a place, its pedigree still quite recognizable.  It’s going to make a great starter home for a young couple.

    Our beloved country is like that house used to be. Rats like ACORN, Obama, Reid, Pelosi and Franken have squatted in it and want to turn it into a fetid little nest, and the old pipes and wiring are like the federal government and its inefficient, overhwelmed programs. But America still has good bones. We need some workmen to go in and rip out the rot and lovingly bring her back. So, in between starting from scratch and starting completely over, maybe there’s a third path.