Brute-force "Consumer Protections"

Watching the coverage of the “health care summit,” I thought for a moment that Barry had caught the opposition being as “disingenuous” as he customarily is. But a Wall Street Journal editorial reveals that the disingenuousness, it turns out, was all Barry’s:

…The morning was dominated by an argument over whether ObamaCare would lower insurance costs, and the exchange was telling. Republicans, led by Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, rightly said that premiums would increase, while the President disagreed. “This is an example of where we’ve got to get our facts straight,” he said, in keeping with his strategy of depicting any disagreement as factually challenged or politically motivated.

One fact is that the Congressional Budget Office estimates that premiums in the individual market would jump by 10% to 13% in 2016 because the government will mandate that consumers buy richer benefits than they otherwise would. Mr. Obama eventually conceded that point but said these mandates are simple consumer protections. “Yes, I am paying 10% to 13% more because instead of buying an apple, I’m getting an orange,” Mr. Obama said. “We want competition, we just want some minimum standards.”

Well, yes, politicians always claim their standards are the minimum. Despite vastly different consumer health needs and preferences, the core of ObamaCare is the brute-force regulatory standardization of benefits and how they should be paid for, so that government can afford to subsidize health care for all…

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