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The new legislation creates a long-term care benefit, the CLASS (Community Living Assistance Services and Support) Act, which will be an expensive, pay-as-you-go Ponzi scheme like Social Security. Writes Ms. Pipes: “Future generations of taxpayers can look forward to shouldering billions upon billions in debt to pay for this new long-term entitlement.”

The legislation undercuts consumer-directed care - high-deductible plans and health savings accounts, which encourage patients to make cost-conscious choices. At the same time, Uncle Sam’s expensive intrusiveness will drive ever more doctors, particularly in primary care, into retirement. Of course, there will be high taxes to pay for all the new spending.

“The Truth About Obamacare” closes with a positive agenda. The start, obviously, however improbable, is to repeal of Obamacare. Then federal policy should encourage increased individual purchase of health insurance, expanded Health Savings Accounts and vouchers for poor people who don’t have insurance.

Congressional Democrats are understandably running away from their legislative handiwork. Sally Pipes details how the president and Congress have seized more control over our health care while increasing its cost. It is an accomplishment of which only a determined statist could be proud.

Doug Bandow, a former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, is the author and editor of several books, including “The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington” (Transaction, 1990).