Monday, April 26, 2010

Quibbling with Cox

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has been valiant in his opposition to Obamacare and has generally supported conservative causes when other Republicans were wrong or nowhere to be seen. Nonetheless, this blog must take issue with part of what he said at a recent stop in Kalamazoo.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox visits Kalamazoo gun show to pitch health-reform ideas

Specific provisions in the health care bill, such as the ability of children whose parents are insured to stay on their parents’ policy until age 26 and the inability of policyholders to be dropped from coverage due to a pre-existing condition, were applauded by Cox, who said that “100 percent (of people) can get behind that.”

Both of these provisions are government regulations that take away freedom. Further, the federal government has no power under the Constitution to mandate any such thing.

Beyond this, such regulations will harm health care. If people can wait to buy health care until they get sick, (which is what the condition on preexisting conditions means), then many will do so. This will cause insurance prices to rise, since healthy people will have no reason to buy insurance. What results will not really be insurance.

Of course, it's always possible that the media just messed up what Cox said.

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