Charles Krauthammer on the Health Reform Bill

November 30, 2009

Horrifying piece from Krauthammer.

The fundamental problem with the 2,074-page Senate health-care bill (as with its 2,014-page House counterpart) is that it wildly compounds the complexity by adding hundreds of new provisions, regulations, mandates, committees and other arbitrary bureaucratic inventions.

The only thing linking these changes — such as the 118 new boards, commissions and programs — is political expediency. Each must be able to garner just enough votes to pass. There is not even a pretense of a unifying vision or conceptual harmony.

Insuring the uninsured is a moral imperative. The problem is that the Democrats have chosen the worst possible method — a $1 trillion new entitlement of stupefying arbitrariness and inefficiency.

And Krauthammer proposes a few reforms for those who ask “what reforms do you propose?”  Tort reform, end prohibition of selling insurance across state lines and tax employer-provided health insurance.

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