Friday, November 19, 2004

 

If all the poor people die of disease, who will wax the rich people's cars?

From Brad DeLong (after quoting Matt Yglesias):
Eliminating the deductibility of health insurance will, especially in combination with the president's plan for Health Savings Accounts, render the employer-based health care system unworkable, thus paving the road for socialism down the line. In the interim, no good will come of this. As a word of advice to the Democrats, it would be best not to just get stuck defending the status quo and getting labeled as "against tax reform" while hoping that the media sorts out the details of this complicated boondoggle. Far better to devise a progressive, revenue-neutral, tax reform counterproposal, hopefully before Bush's planned commission is done spinning its wheels.
It is interesting that the Bush administration appears to believe that one of our problems is that too many Americans have health insurance, and that we would be better off with more uninsured.
Obviously, they don't really think that. (I mean, even George W. Bush isn't that out-of-touch with reality - or evil - is he?) I think they want to destroy the idea of income tax along with any kind of tax on anything other than consumption, and in order to pay for it they are looking for something - anything - to get rid of. Health insurance is just one of those cookies in the jar.

And since they obviously have concluded that they can do anything they want without provoking outrage either from the press or from at least 51% of the voters, they might as well do whatever they want. Plus, they have concluded that when things go wrong, when the unintended (even if fully predictable - and predicted) negative consquences of their actions come to pass, nobody who counts (i.e., the press and at least 51% of the voters) will blame them for it.

In a world free of judgment, why not sin?
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