Posted on | February 24, 2013 | 31 Comments
Troublesome stuff at the WSJ:
The provision, part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, requires health plans for individuals and small businesses to cover 10 categories of services, including prescription drugs, maternity care and physical rehabilitation. Many of the specifics of what is covered in those categories will be left to states to decide.
Insurers and some business groups have argued that mandating such coverage would make policies too expensive, and they had lobbied the federal government to scale back the scope of what needs to be covered.
But if anything, the final regulations released Wednesday beefed up the requirements for certain services beyond what regulators proposed in November.
It’s not fair to pretend that this pattern is new with the Obama Administration. Instead of elected representatives who are on the hook for their votes doing the governing, Progress means that the tools who stand for election are passing an outline, and un-elected officials are doing the heavy lifting. To say that this urinates all over the spirit of the Constitution is, I think, a reasonable assertion.
Read the whole thing, and understand that the details will only get more grizzly over time.
Over at Reason,
President Obama and other so-called progressives insist that the American people are not overly dependent on government. They also predict dire consequences if the automatic budget “cuts” known as sequestration take place March 1.
Both claims cannot be true. If modest across-the-board “cuts”—mainly cuts in the rate of growth—in military and domestic spending pose a threat to the American people and the U.S. economy, then the country is alarmingly dependent on government.
What’s needed here, both for ObamaCare and the government in general, is a moment where leadership emerges, is honest about how jacked up all this is, and points in a direction of reform. Rick Perry was probably the closest of the 2012 candidates to offering some of that.
Absolutely no good will come from our current course. These homo bureaucratus lemmings are going to feed the cancerous growth of legislation until the whole thing capsizes. And then the clowns who’ve wrought our Cloward-Piven destruction are going to double down with a Single Payer, which is really “Lacking a Single Prayer”.