No compulsory charity for Obama Care’s phony reform

The Democrats’ proposals would “reform” nothing. Instead, they would entrench problems with the status quo, as economist Arnold Kling explains in “The Non-Debate over Non-Reform.”

Consider the country’s total health care spending. Patients’ out-of-pocket spending accounts for only about 10 percent. Insurers and government split the remaining 90 percent almost evenly. Since physicians, like anyone else, cater to who pays them, patients are left in the lurch. But Democrats ignore this problem.

Instead, they have been in bed with drug companies, Wal-mart, and hospital groups with plans to stick it to taxpayers. For details, see “A Closer Look at Those Industry Deals” at

Who should finance so-called “reform?” Translation: who should pay for other people’s medical care? Anyone who volunteers, and no one who does not. Health care is not a right. Rights are freedoms of action, not entitlements to what others produce.

If you want to pay for other people’s medical care, donate to or volunteer with a charity. Don’t ask politicians to compel others to fund government charities, like Medicare and Medicaid. Forcing others to donate to charity is neither virtuous nor compassionate.

Hence, if Democrats want a “public plan,” they shouldn’t force taxpayers to pay for it.

Citizens do not earn money to fund politicians’ pet projects. Politicians should pitch their great ideas to investors or philanthropists. Using tax dollars is just robbery cloaked in conceit and elitism.

This originally appeared in the Daily Camera (Boulder) on July 25, 2009. It was in response to this question:

Rep. Jared Polis, D-2nd District, is one of a handful of Democrats credited with slowing down the health care reform that President Barack Obama wanted to have passed before the August recess. … Polis’ sticking point is how to pay for reform. What do you think of the debate, and how do you think health care reform should be financed?


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