Monday, July 31, 2017

Unhealthy Dance

He tried pretending a dance is just a dance
But I see
He's dancing his way back to me
--Molly Hatchett

What happens now that attempts to repeal Obamacare have failed? As Rand Paul notes, healthcare costs and insurance premiums will continue their upward march, capacity will leave the market, and consumers will have less choice.

Sadly, the design flaws of Obamacare, and of socialized medicine in general, made such outcomes completely predictable years ago.

Although the spotlight currently shines on GOP failures to coalesce behind an alternative design, it has been the Democrats that have circled the wagons around a program that will soon blow sky high. In their rush to display solidarity, Dems have chosen to continue to escalate a failing course of action. Hindsight might reveal that they would have been better off offloading the problem to Republicans right here.

Now that they are back to owning it, the Democrats' tap dance away from responsibility for the program's failure will soon take center stage.

A curious question remains: Will Republicans try to rejoin the dance?

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