Who said this:
This piece was supposed to run on the front page of the Washington Post. They turned it down went cool on it on the grounds that it was too long and too supportive of Obamacare. It’s worth remembering before we all go into a Beltway frenzy about SCOTUS and the ACA – that this issue affects people’s lives in the most graphic and direct way imaginable. It becomes the difference between living with chronic illnesses or being healthy. It can be the difference between a short life and a long one.
I’ve evolved on this issue. In general, I find a huge amount to admire in America’s private healthcare system and wouldn’t want to alter its essential private structure. But its simply staggering inefficiencies, massive costs, and failure to provide health to the working poor persuaded me of the need for reform. And at some deep level, when I consult my conscience, I find denying people healthcare different than denying them a job or a mortgage or a car or an iPhone, or any other material goods. Without your health, you can enjoy none of this.
I remember my instant, sustained reaction when my friends became sick and died for so many grueling years. It was inconceivable for me then that these people should be left to suffer and die in a country as wealthy as we are. If that’s true of my friends, it must also be true of those I have never known, whose bodies are no different than mine, whose pain is no less acute, whose lives are no less sacred. You can call this the Golden Rule if you want. Or Christian principles.
Eighteen years after pimping Betsy McCaughey in the TNR, two years after reform was passed (again, with his principled Burkean objections a constant obstacle), and perhaps a month before SCOTUS strikes the law down (or worse yet, kills the individual mandate while leaving the rest intact so as to blame Obama for the inevitable premium increases that will come with no mandate- and would anyone put this past Roberts and Scalia, who are basically Karl Rove in judicial robes?), the Beard of Self-Reflection finds the need for health care reform.
In other news, in 1965 the surviving members of the Titanic crew decide maybe they should have looked out for icebergs.