Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Quality Bonuses"--Grease for the Squeaky Wheels

One hand giveth while the other taketh away--and both hands live in the White House.

— Millions of seniors in popular private insurance plans offered through Medicare will get a reprieve from some of the most controversial cuts in President Obama's healthcare law.
--LA Times 4-20-11

The ability to arbitrarily punish and reward groups and individuals is one of the key problems with politicizing an economic activity. Rule by Men instead of Rule of Law.

Once power is concentrated in the hands of the few, the threat to liberty accelerates--Newton's laws of motion applied to political power instead of mass.

While I was in Washington DC last week, several different people remarked that a key strategy for supporters of the health care control law will be to keep potential complainers happy---and quiet. The waivers, and now out-right hush money like Medicare Advantage "quality bonuses" are just two ways this will be accomplished.

There are only two ways to rid ourselves completely of this terrible law--either the Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional, or opponents take control of the government in 2012. Both of these pathways require continued popular discontent.

We must do everything we can to keep this issue fresh in the minds of voters. It truly has life and death consequences--for both our liberty and our access to affordable, trust-worthy medical care.

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