The U.S. Should Be More Like ... Great Britain?
Consistent with the British evaluation that health care spending increases more with socialized medicine, the latest estimate is that ObamaCare will increase health care costs by an extra $310 billion in the first 10 years. Health care costs under the Democrats’ plan are projected to represent a higher percentage of GDP than pre-ObamaCare projections.
Health care is not the only industry in Great Britain receiving a scaled back makeover. Determined not to become the next Greece, the British government is looking to cut $130 billion from its budget over the next five years. Industries receiving cuts range from government regulatory agencies to the arts.
While British officials are taking the necessary steps for deficit reduction, pledges to reduce the United States’ $13 trillion debt have amounted to empty promises. With Obama’s approval rating plummeting, discretionary spending cuts could destroy what little support he has left -- unions and leftist radicals don’t appreciate decreases in government spending.
In the UK, the government is moving ahead with budget reductions regardless of opposition. Some in the British media have already started a full force fear-mongering campaign. They are warning Britons that spending cuts will cause playgrounds to be scrapped and theaters to go dark, and that the Supreme Court may not be able to function. Some are even predicting near-apocalyptic conditions where charities could collapse, the military may be less effective in fighting al-Qaeda, and families could become homeless.
It’s no surprise that unions are the biggest opponents to British spending cuts. But public opinion is turning on UK unions. According to the Wall Street Journal, “private-sector workers have less sympathy than ever for the grievances of their public-sector counterparts, who are being paid more taxpayer pounds for doing increasingly less, while threatening country-stopping strikes in face of government cuts.”
Unfortunately, the campaign funding by U.S. unions has Democrats paralyzed with regards to cutting public spending.
Although the United States was founded on the principles of liberty and limited government, those principles seem to be embraced more by the new UK government. It’s ironic that those who came before us fought and died for freedom from the British, but 234 years later it’s the U.S. government that should take a cue from Great Britain on the lessons of liberty.