I agree with Grace-Marie Turner that the health care proposals currently bouncing through Congress are overreach. But I’m getting especially tired of “camel’s nose” analogies such as this:
When Sen. Joe Lieberman vowed to vote against the Senate bill if it contains a public plan, Reid had to have something to replace it. He revived a Kennedy-era idea to lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 55. But when Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) let it slip that this would constitute “the mother of all public options,” Reid’s hand was called. “Expanding Medicare is an unvarnished, complete victory for people like me who support a single-payer system,” Weiner inconveniently boasted. “Never mind the camel’s nose — we got his head and neck in the tent.”
I think Rep. Weiner is wrong. I think they’re backing the camel into the tent, with all of the unsavoury things that go with it.
It’s no secret that the end game of the whole health care initiative is a state run, single-payer system like the UK’s NHS. The intermediate system being debated is crafted for political purposes. Its implementation will make a single-payer system look good. But those who pass it may not survive the political backlash that will result.