Steyn on Healthcare

Mark Steyn, in the Orange County Register:

Freedom is messy. In free societies, people will fall through the cracks – drink too much, eat too much, buy unaffordable homes, fail to make prudent provision for health care and much else. But the price of being relieved of all those tiresome choices by a benign paternal government is far too high.

I generally enjoy his jokes and always love his writing style, but quotes like this are why I’m such a big fan of Steyn. Personal responsibility is the beauty of American democracy, not a broken feature that should be brought in line with the smothering socialism of other Western states. If a free citizenry looks to you like the result of a lazy central government, you can move to Europe.

We absolutely need health care reform – to clean up Medicare and Medicaid. Is there some compelling reason why, in a stuttering economy, Congress can’t address what’s broken in the current system before trying to implement something even bigger and more complex? Democrats claim “46 million” uninsured Americans desperately need Washington’s help… but I think Steyn gets much closer to the truth.

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