By Jon Pananas | Friday, September 21st, 2007 at 9:12 am
There are three primary attributes to health care: cost, timeliness and quality. The pinnacles of these factors are: low, right away and state-of-the-art. This leads to an immutable law: one can have any two of the qualities at once, but never all three. And just as the presence of gravity results in a body falling towards the earth upon leaping from a roof, the presence of The Immutable Law of Health Care results in many a well intentioned health care plan crashing to earth upon being implemented.
The Law explained is quite simple. One can have state-of-the-art health care and have it cheaply, if one is willing to wait. One can have inexpensive health care and have it right away, but forego state-of-the-art treatment. And one can have state-of-the-art health care and have it right away, but it will be expensive. There is no way around this conundrum. The delightful magic of government-run health care programs is that they manage to combine long waits, inferior care and great expense. A complete inversion, if you will, of The Law.
Welcome discussion of health care issues by either Party, but be skeptical of any plan which purports to violate The Law. One notes that a particular political party, the storied and splendid Democrat Party, seems to revel in defying, or at least denying, immutable laws. Thus, Democrats deny that raising taxes reduces economic activity. They deny that paying unwed mothers to have children results in more children being born out of wedlock. They deny that destroying a fine educational system and replacing it with a model based on multiculturalism and self-esteem results in a cohort of illiterate dolts who feel good about themselves. They deny that accusing the Commander-in-Chief, and his generals, of lying during a time of war in order to foster their own political fortunes weakens our ability to fight an implacable and deadly foe.
The Left has succeeded in destroying or weakening many of the proud traditions and institutions which made this country both unique and great. Why should our health care system be spared their alchemy?
You can read more articles by ADMC contributor Jon Pananas on his blog Laconic Blog.
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