In One Eye

Thursday, June 26, 2003
Robert Novak--of all people--points out this latest plan by the oligarchs.
Desperate to control the congressional embrace of prescription drug subsidies, the House Republican bill would apply means testing to catastrophic illnesses. That laudable effort, however, carries an unexpected consequence: The health insurance industry would have access to the income data of every senior citizen in America.

So much for supposed congressional concern about privacy.
Expectedly, Novak turns this around into a diatribe against Ted Kennedy ("the Senate's liberal lion who has become a fox in moving inexorably toward government control of health care"), but the point remains: the oligarchs don't want to provide for the general welfare. Or, if they're forced to, they'll make it very difficult--or uncomfortable--for citizens to acquire it.