Opponents can level plenty of legitimate arguments against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), such as the $2 trillion it will add to the federal deficit in its first two decades or the $1.8 trillion in tax increases over the same period. But perhaps the most compelling case for repeal is a moral one. The health care law crosses ethical lines in the way it was sold and in its ultimate effects.
An influential group of conservative state lawmakers is on the verge of proposing model legislation to block the Common Core national education standards that have been heavily promoted by the Obama administration.
Democracy is the art of wealth redistribution, a hard reality that creates losers as a necessary byproduct of policymaking. Taxing those other guys behind the tree, in brief, arouses their opposition, and as much as bureaucrats and politicians may enjoy bossing people around, the blowback can be intense.
A poorly designed set of changes to Medicare announced earlier this month could have serious negative consequences as it hits home here in the Washington, D.C., area. The venture, known by the only-a-bureaucrat-could-love-it name of Competitive Bidding Program for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies, has some decent ideas at its core, but serious design flaws could cause it to waste money, override doctors' decisions and harm patients here and everywhere else in the country.
Health care reform may prove to be President Obama's signature domestic achievement - as well as the undoing of the Democratic Party. Contrary to his claim that Americans would grow to love Uncle Sam as doctor-in-chief, public support for statist "reform" continues to fall.
The "hidden" lawsuit tax that all Americans pay because we live in the most lawsuit-happy society on earth isn't hiding in Detroit anymore. Beware - it may come out of hiding soon in your city, too.