Note to WSJ BestOfTheWeb on Andrew McCarthy eliminating Mediscare
Andrew C. McCarthy writing at National Review magazine online.
The best thing it says is its title:: “End Medicare”.
The next best thing is the last 24 of its 2300 words:
“Preserving a scam in the vain hope of making it less offensive may be well-meaning, but it’s not right, and it’s not courageous.”
In between, He points out that Paul Ryan, for all his good intentions, voted “for the prescription-drug entitlement, TARP, Keynesian “stimulus” spending, and the auto-company bailout.”
He describes medicare as being based on “the plinth of the entitlement edifice — the 'second Bill of Rights' — that began construction in the New Deal, under the direction of designers who knew full well that it was financially unsustainable[!]”
I had to look that up:plinth:the lowest member of a base.
McCarthy continuing: “Sadly, this is the standard Beltway conservative position, too... The government plays an important oversight role in Ryan’s Medicare-reform plan ... rest assured that we would never suggest scrapping Medicare, or that the government doesn’t have a ... role to play in the market for medical services — a role we somehow managed to do without for the first century and a half of the nation’s existence.”
These are just the first five items that impressed me about this piece. If I continued here, I would get at least 20 more.
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