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Yet another way in which Obamacare is an old political story is that it began as supposedly a way to deal with the problem of a segment of the population, those without health insurance.

Instead of directly helping those particular people to get insurance, the “solution” was to expand the government’s power over everybody, including people who already had health insurance that they wanted to keep.

Since there has never been a society of human beings without at least some segment with some problem, this is a formula for a never-ending expansion of government power. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are all on record as believing in a single-payer system — that is, a government monopoly able to impose its own will on everybody. Even the current and future problems of Obamacare can help them to reach that goal.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.