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JOHN FUND: LIKE MUSHROOMS, HEALTH CARE ‘REFORM’ FLOURISHES IN THE DARK

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Fund writes at the WSJ …
In a key scene in Frank Capra’s 1939 film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” appointed senator (and unwitting pawn in a corruption scheme) Jefferson Smith, played by Jimmy Stewart, suggests to a colleague that perhaps it would be a good idea to read bills before voting on them.“The bills?” responds an incredulous Senator Paine, played by Claude Rains. “These bills are put together by legal minds after long study. I can’t understand half of them myself, and I used to be a lawyer.”Forget it, he tells Smith. “When the time comes, I’ll advise you how to vote.”Never has art so closely mirrored life as with the mammoth 2,100-page health care bill passed by the Senate. “The result makes no sense whatsoever — not to conservatives, not to liberals, not to anyone,” accurately concludes the Weekly Standard. “Rather than reform a system that everyone agrees is a failure, it will subsidize that system and compel participation in it.”Many who have long touted health care reform are turning up their noses at the final product. Michael Bloomberg, New York’s independent mayor, told “Meet the Press” over the weekend: “I have asked congressperson after congressperson. Not one can explain to me what’s in the bill, even in the House version. Certainly not in the other version. And so for them to vote on a bill that they don’t understand whatsoever, really, you’ve got to question how — what kind of government we have.”
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