Today when a Canadian friend asked, “Why is there so much anger over the health care bill?” I immediately thought of 3 related issues:
- Process: “The whole thing was completely clandestine. It was the opposite of ‘change we can believe in’.”
- Price: “How can we possibly expand an entitlement program at a time when our national debt is absolutely staggering. It’s intergenerational assault.”
- Product: “Good Lord. Do we really want the folks who run the Department of Motor Vehicles running our health care?”
A quick story on the last point:
Last summer a friend lost his job, and I thought I’d cheer him up by sending him and his sons a few tickets to a baseball game. (His sons are proud members of Red Sox Nation.) I went to a US Post Office on a Monday morning and explained my situation – that I absolutely, positively HAD to get these tickets to my friend by Friday, and that I was willing to pay for special delivery.
The postal worker told me to relax. “Those tickets will be there by Wednesday morning.”
Do I need to tell you how this story ends? Needless to say, the tickets did not arrive on Wednesday or Thursday or even Friday, the day of the game. When I returned to the same postal employee and told him about my predicament, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Stuff happens.” I don’t recall his grabbing a hanky to dry up his tears.
As I walked home from the Post Office, I was reminded of George Will’s line on the functions of government: “The purpose of government is to defend the shores and deliver the mail. And on second thought, Fed Ex will do a better job with the mail.”