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Comprehensive health care mess

Prior to the passage of Obamacare, I would have bet good money that it would not pass, despite Democrat majorities in Congress and holding the executive branch, as well. I would have made this bet, naive now it seems, because the act violated a principle known as “Occam’s Razor.” The most popular version of William of Ockham’s (c. 1287-1347) maxim stated that “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity.” In other words, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

Therefore, it is a bit fanciful to describe a 906-page (originally) document as “simple.” The goal of the Health Care Act was complicated beyond how mere words can describe, not simplified. Obamacare has now grown to some 20,000 pages of regulations, and this process has miles to go before anyone sleeps. The act should have been broken up and offered up in discrete, easy-to-understand bills to comport with Occam’s Razor.

I would urge the reader to be highly skeptical of anything titled or intended as “comprehensive.” Such bills by definition will invariably become “Christmas Trees,” i.e., larded up with many, often unrelated, floor amendments. So, beware of “comprehensive” immigration reform, “comprehensive” tax reform, “comprehensive” education reform, etc.

Obamacare will crumble and collapse, slow-motion style, under its own weight, so Republicans need to get out of the way and stay out of the way. This means any talk about defunding or repeal of Obamacare or of shutting down the government as a tactic. Do we Republicans want Obamacare’s imminent failure to redound to us?

Syd Comer


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