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Breaking (From Yesterday)!: Reason Foundation's Proactive No Vote on Tom Daschle as HHS Secretary

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Yesterday I directed Hit & Runners' attention to Reason Foundation policy analyst Shikha Dalmia's proactive case against picking the awful Eric Holder as President-elect Barack Obama's attorney general.

Now that we know that the awful former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) is going to be Obama's Health and Human Services jefe, it's time to look again what Dalmia wrote earlier this week in her exhaustive survey of good, bad, and ugly picks for the next administration's cabinet:

For libertarians, three poor picks [for HHS secretary] would be chairman of the Democratic Party and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, rumored to be the frontrunner for Secretary of State, and former Democratic Senator from South Dakota Tom Daschle.

Dean, a doctor himself, tried to control soaring health care costs by expanding government control over insurance prices and hospital budgets. He also created a statewide insurance pool and formed a new bureaucracy to manage it. None of this worked and premiums—and the number of uninsured—increased under him.

Clinton, of course, tried to nationalize the health care industry in one fell swoop when her husband was in office. Even though she seems to have abandoned that plan, during her presidential campaign, she advocated forcing the uninsured to buy coverage—through penalties and fines if necessary—to achieve universal coverage.

Meanwhile, since leaving the Senate, Daschle has written a book titled, Critical: What We Can Do About America's Health-Care Crisis, in which he recommends creating the equivalent of the Federal Reserve Board for health care to set treatment standards, performance requirements and impose other mandates on the industry. In short, create another layer of bureaucracy on top of the one that he would oversee and hand it even more powers.

[Any] of them will signal a return of Big Government, big time.

More here.

To which I can only say: The return of Big Government? It feels like it's never left.

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  1. Big government is here to stay, which is a good thing for libertarians. Denouncing big government is all you have.

  2. But Bill Clinton told me that the era of big government was over! Can I sue him?

  3. Denouncing big government is all you have.

    Well, that and amusing spoofs of Lefiti.

  4. Does anyone here have any free-market solutions for removing a hamster from your colon? Because so far, none of the government officials I’ve contacted seem to care.

  5. Lefiti is Richard Gere?!?

  6. Pay the hamster anything it asks to vacate your colon.

  7. Lemmiwinks?

  8. Does anyone here have any free-market solutions for removing a hamster from your colon? Because so far, none of the government officials I’ve contacted seem to care.

    Offer the hamster a bigger asshole. Michael Moore comes to mind.

  9. [Any] of them will signal a return of Big Government, big time.

    If “big government” means “a public system to guarantee health coverage,” none of those appointments means anything that Obama’s win and the Democratic rout in the Congressional elections don’t mean.

    You lost. The people have spoken. They don’t want this country to be the only industrialized democracy where people don’t get health care.

    Anyone intending to sing the praising of getting all of your family’s health care at the emergency room: don’t bother.

  10. I’m disappointed that Joe didn’t weighed in on the hamster issue.

  11. The Lefiti thing just isn’t funny anymore. If it ever was.

  12. Right on, joe! It’s time these libertards faced up to the fact that a government monopoly is the only way anybody can get health care. With any luck, the War on Poor Health will be every bit as successful as the War on Drugs! The people voted for Obama because they love how efficient the DMV is, and want going to the doctor to be more like that!

    About paying the hamster: I put a bunch of twenties up there. No dice. Your free market fundamentalism failed me again, Blue, you dickhole!

  13. joe,

    No. We didn’t vote on national healthcare. You can go ahead and make the election mean more than it did, but I’ll tell you right now that when either party wins an election, their belief in a major sea change in the general public is almost always wrong. It’s your and your party’s belief in Mandatopia that’s going to give the whole shebang right back to the GOP, if you’re not careful.

  14. You lost. The people have spoken. They don’t want this country to be the only industrialized democracy where people don’t get health care.

    The profile of health care in this election was close to zero.

    And its a little bit of an overstatement to say that people in the US don’t get health care, isn’t it?

    If you mean to say “don’t get health care paid for by the government”, you’re still only half right.

    Geez, joe, between nobody in the US getting health care and Elian Gonzalez’ mother and relatives kidnapping him, I think you need to ease off the Red Bull.

  15. Geez, joe, between nobody in the US getting health care and Elian Gonzalez’ mother and relatives kidnapping him, I think you need to ease off the Red Bull.
    Funny on several levels!

  16. she advocated forcing the [young healthy] uninsured to buy coverage-through penalties and fines if necessary-to achieve subsidize universal coverage for old sick people.

  17. Lie back and think of England.

  18. No, wait, not England.

    Lie back and think of France.

    No, wait…

    You know? It’s gonna hurt. Just lie back.

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