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Even by the careless standards of pre-Obama Washington, a new entitlement would get at least superficial congressional scrutiny.

Obamacare is different: It creates new entitlements on the fly and bypasses real oversight by making the entitlement “voluntary.” While this strategy makes the program seem safer, it actually adds risks by expanding the uncertainties.

When he rose to the presidency, Mr. Obama derided Washington politicians who “kick the can further down the road,” passing costly problems from one generation to the next without the courage to solve them.Yes, assisted living might just be America’s next big health challenge. Kicking another empty can down another bumpy road is not a responsible solution.

Dr. David Gratzer, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute is author of “Why Obama’s Government Takeover of Health Care Will Be a Disaster” (Encounter Books, 2009).