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When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess

Brencis Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 3:03 AM
The future of Obamacare?
Dan107 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 9:16 AM
That is the Pelosi Pathway to End of Life Care. Brought to you by the government medical review board that makes your health care decisions based on actuary tables.
There's a natural human impulse to help people who need a hand. In the political world, that often translates to an impulse to have government help people who need a hand. Who wants to argue with that?

But experience tells us that it's not always easy to help. Individuals' good intentions go awry. Government programs sometimes produce unintended consequences that make things worse for the intended beneficiaries.

Consider what could be called the three H's: health care, housing and higher education.

Over the last generation and more, government has stepped in to help ordinary individuals and those with special problems on...