Jeffrey Anderson

Listening to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debate, one wonders why we didn’t all think of it before. It’s so unobjectionable, really. It turns out that Obama and Clinton just want to help out the average American worker by making everything more affordable. And it turns out that all you have to do to make things more affordable is get the federal government involved.

Healthcare costs got you down? Well, let’s make them more affordable. All we have to do is funnel more money and decision-making power through the federal government. College tuition? Let’s make that more affordable by having the federal government pay for it. Housing costs? Retirement? Job training? Groceries? TVs? Cars? Boats? There’s nothing you can think of that the federal government can’t make more affordable.

The old-school practice is to have Americans pay for things directly—with money they take out of their own pockets after earning it through their own efforts. But why not have the federal government pay instead?

What is that, you say? Our federal government has no money except for what we, the taxpaying American citizens, give it? That’s not a problem.

Rather than pay for healthcare—or whatever product—directly, you can huddle over forms and receipts and figure out how much to pay the IRS. The IRS, in turn, will funnel your money to the Department of Health and Human Services. The DHHS will then pay a well-staffed team of bureaucrats, some of whom will eventually direct some portion of your money back to pay for some portion of your healthcare. You sent in a dollar and it emerged as a quarter? Not to worry. This is all part of the process of making things more affordable.

You see, no one has a handle on limiting wasteful overhead spending like the federal government. And by sending your money to Washington, which eventually sends part of it back to your doctor, you become empowered. It may seem like you’ll have dramatically less control over your own healthcare decisions and your own life, but that’s just a mirage. This is actually the path to efficiency, affordability, and contentment. This is a “change” one can believe in.

Sure, given that the federal government can’t spend a cent that we don’t send it, and given that it must waste at least some money along the way, it would appear to be a mathematical certainty that funds would be lost in the transaction, that things would in fact become less affordable. But that’s before one considers the Democrats’ other solution to the affordability problem.

Jeffrey Anderson

Jeffrey Anderson is a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and a former professor of American Government and Political Philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy.