Responding to Time-Warner-CNN-HBO’s Jon Meacham declaring Healthcare.gov the “progressive equivalent of declaring ketchup a vegetable” on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, along with Harold Ford, Jr. Meacham’s fellow “Progressive,” who responds to Meacham that actually, the Website debacle will “raise real questions for the long-term about whether the government and public entities can manage enormous projects like this,” Ed Morrissey writes:
Ford then starts to make the argument that the issue isn’t policy overreach, but implies that the wrong people were put in place to accomplish that, to which Meacham objects. Expect to hear that argument a lot over the next several months as the creaky structure of ObamaCare collapses under its own weight — it would have worked with better people in charge. No, in fact, it was doomed from the starting principle of thinking that a few politicians could run a free market better than those participating in it, including both providers and consumers.
As Milton Friedman once said, “It’s nice to elect the right people, but that’s not the way you solve things. The way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right things.”
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Or better yet, to do nothing.
It’s usually best, as General Allenby said in Lawrence of Arabia.