Health care and small government
Ed Kilgore explores the tensions surrounding conservative views on healthcare, comparing the arguement against government involvement in healthcare with congressional Republicans’ aggressive stance for intervention in the Terry Schiavo kerfuffle:
The abortion-euthanasia connection matters because the people promoting the “death panel” meme are not, in fact, opposed to government intervention in end-of-life decisions, any more than they are opposed to government intervention in a woman’s decision whether to carry a pregnancy to term. They simply want the intervention to follow their own absolutist views about human life…. It’s part and parcel of a political strategy aimed at denying that government can be neutral on “life,” and that decisions about “life” can be consigned to private decision-making.
Kilgore has indeed exposed a hypocrisy in the conservative argument against health care, but one wonders if anyone took that arguement seriously to begin with.