Wanting (and Needing) a Different Kind of Reform
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising, given the presumption of their label, but “progressives” have a tendency to assume that anybody who wants change wants their kind of change — as if there can only be one solution for reaching a given goal. Just about all conservatives, for example, really do desire world peace, but that doesn’t mean they should be counted among those desiring unilateral retreat and disarmament. Most believe that regimes that initiate or foster violence and war must be removed in order for peace to be lasting.
Just so with healthcare. A conundrum that John Kostrzewa cites is not actually a conundrum:
…69 percent of the 200 members of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce who completed the survey in February said health insurance was their biggest concern. That’s up from 63 percent in a similar survey a year ago. …
But [these results] all run counter to national polls that show a clear majority of people is opposed to President Obama’s proposal to overhaul the health-care system by covering more people and eventually cutting costs.
Kostrzewa never quite articulates the factor that resolves the question: It isn’t just that individuals and businesses are generally suspicious of Washington and dislike political squabbling (Americans are more savvy than that); it’s also that we don’t believe that the approach to “reform” that defines Obamacare will improve costs or quality. And that’s a problem on up the tiers of government. The state of Rhode Island could go a long way toward alleviating the healthcare concerns of its citizens were it to lighten regulations and let market forces work.