Paul Greenberg

--The private sector, too, is about to be wrapped in still another thick layer of red tape, administrative headaches and general confusion. Doctors, nurses, hospitals, insurers, lawyers, administrators, employers, certainly patients and of course the taxpayers will all have to wander through this new and additional expanse of expertise, which is quite different from knowledge. Or even usefulness. As anyone who's ever gotten crosswise with an insurance company or that even bigger company, the U.S. government, can testify. All the forms may be electronic now but there'll be just as many of them. No, more of them.

Did anybody actually believe it when we were told that extending medical insurance to uncounted millions more would save money and make the system more efficient? Or that Obamacare isn't a tax? It's precisely on that ground it was upheld yesterday. One after the other, other purely political facades will surely collapse.

So fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride. For years. The modern world is about to become more modern, or maybe postmodern. And even more surreal.

Those of us who believe simple is better then complex, and small is beautiful, will just have to do what we can to get through this thing. Like trying to repeal Obamacare and decentralize the monster. Or at least pare it down if that's at all possible. For a law can be constitutional and still be awful.

As you don't have to imagine but knew all along, not just court watchers may have got a shock yesterday. The economy is about to get a bigger one, however slowly it sets in year after year.

Now on to more debates, some productive, many not so. The ratio of reason to emotion, not to say hysteria, can grow mighty lopsided, especially in a presidential election year.

Many a question remains to be resolved. Or not. Better to resolve them than let them linger and fester. As the country has done with its broken immigration system. Now on to settling as many doubts as a still confused country can after this quake.

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They say, or at least Bismarck did, that God looks after fools, drunkards and the United States of America. And the evidence of the past 236 years, as another July the Fourth looms, lends a certain credence to that faith.

As he emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia that sweltering summer of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government he and his colleagues had given us. A republic, he said -- if we could keep it. The same goes for the spirit of independence.


Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


 


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