Bill Murchison

But along with Obamacare-diminishment, assuming anyone can bring it off, needs to come intense and constant philosophical discussion. A discussion of the sort you never hear these days: the kind in which Ronald Reagan used to engage and, before him, Barry Goldwater of blessed memory. The main problem of a health care system funded by government isn't the cost of the thing, or even the lack of efficiency. It's the unsuitability of government health care in a country jealous of its liberties -- assuming present-day Americans are as jealous of their liberties as was the case half a century ago.

The role that voters and their representatives have assigned government over the past seven or eight decades is the role, ultimately, of smothering aspiration and achievement. We? Achieve? That's for "the 1 percent"! They'll do all the heavy lifting -- until there's no more 1 percent left to lift, or even a .000000001 percent, aspiration and invention having been effectively outlawed by the tax code, the EPA , Dodd-Frank, and heaven knows what else.

Such is the story Ted Cruz and the whole host of celebrity conservative spokesmen should be telling now in level voices: Obama isn't the problem; Obamacare isn't the problem. These are passing afflictions. The problem is America's growing acceptance of the delusory propositions that opportunity means someone else's good luck. That passing the buck is the prelude to receiving bucks galore from other parties. That the government must surely love and care for you, because ... well, don't you watch the President's speeches?

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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