Until now the usual suspects hoping to win a government takeover of America's health care system appeared to be confident of victory. No longer, however. Some of them, at least, are starting to notice the fact that health care "reform" will be incredibly expensive at a time when the U.S. government has no money. Indeed, the problem is not that the Treasury is empty. Rather, it is filled with IOUs for which foreign creditors, such as China, now worry about collecting on.
Writes Jonathan Cohn at the New Republic:
Attention fellow liberals who want health care reform: You are in danger of losing the fight for universal health insurance. And it's not only--or even primarily--because of the public plan.
It's because of the money.
Well, contrary to the belief of many on the Left, money does matter. As much as we all might wish, money does not grow on trees. And running the printing presses isn't the panacea that some believe.
Cohn seems surprised that the Congressional Budget Estimate came in so high, but a complete bill almost certainly would cost even more. Thankfully, the government-takeover bandwagon has hit a large bump, and even larger barriers must be overcome for health care "reform" to triumph.