March 24, 2010
Congressman Paul Ryan, a respected Wisconsin Republican and self-described "numbers guy," writes the following in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Premiums in the individual market would rise from 10% to 13% for families. Our debt and deficit crisis ---- driven by $76 trillion in unfunded liabilities ---- would accelerate from the creation of a brand new entitlement and an increase in the federal deficit by $662 billion, when the true costs are factored in. National health expenditures will increase by an additional $222 billion over the next decade, according the president's own chief actuary, and $2.4 trillion in the decade after the new entitlement is up and running.
Ryan himself calls these "mind-numbing numbers," but their vastness only emphasizes how serious they are. To bring it down to family level, what the Obama-Democratic plan means is that you and your loved ones will obtain poorer quality of care at higher cost. Medical innovations generated by private sector research will contract as companies have fewer financial resources with which to make them. Market-driven competition will decline as the number of insurance companies shrinks due to heavy new mandates and regulations. The ripple effect on the broader economy will mean that there will be fewer jobs in the private-sector as companies lay-off employees to pay for both higher taxes and cost of newly imposed health insurance rules.
The world works in a certain way. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The world turns from east to west. And the more centralized political power becomes and the greater the mandates and costs imposed on those governed, the less freedom and prosperity there will be.
These propositions are axiomatic because they are immutable. And it is difficult to believe that whatever their protestations, President Obama and his allies --- intelligent men and women, all --- did not understand them very well from before the start of their health care "reform" campaign.
Less quality, high cost health care. Fewer jobs. Lost freedom. That's change I'd rather not believe in, but it's here. And conservatives will keep fighting it as long as our liberty endures.