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HEALTH CARE: Gerson blames the wrong party

Letter by David Ogilvie, Gig Harbor on May 28, 2013 at 11:18 am | No Comments »
May 28, 2013 2:20 pm

Re: “The IRS scandal you don’t hear about: The Obamacare power grab” (Michael Gerson column, 5-26).

In a fit of frustration, Gerson has, at least temporarily, given up making direct attacks on Obamacare and, instead, taken the path of least resistance, blaming the IRS for its shortcomings – unintentionally reminding us that so much of what we dislike in our society could also be laid at the feet of the IRS.

In a way, I’m sympathetic with Gerson. The Affordable Care Act is, indeed, overly complex and costly. But the blame should be placed on Congress, not the IRS. When Congress had to make a choice between a complex hybrid plan involving bureaucracies, governmental and private, versus a straightforward single-payer plan, it chose the former. In so doing, it preserved the sacred profit motive in health care while defeating the dreaded creep of socialism.

So, while we struggle with the expensive Affordable Care Act, our more enlightened neighbors to the north and in Western Europe continue delivering high-quality health care at low costs through single-payer plans. And, for that, Gerson would have us blame the IRS.

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