The right wing in NC is moving even farther right. Today I wrote a pretty conservative op-ed for the News and Observer where I discussed the problem of skyrocketing health costs and how all the (mostly) private parties involved should work together along with government to start to contain health care costs. Mitch Kokai, a right-winger typically overstating the case, lost no time in thundering on a blog about my use of “The statist ‘we’.”
Kokai’s ultra-right John Locke Foundation blog doesn’t allow for commenting, a peculiarly centrally-controlled, anti-democratic, anti-free flow of ideas stance, so I’ll rebut him here. (As we are proud proponents of the American ideals of democracy coupled with debate, Kokai can feel free to respond below in our comments section.)
Webster defines statism as “a concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry.” I hardly think a health reform bill that relies on vastly expanding the role of private health insurers, private health clinics, private hospitals, and private doctors qualifies. Much less my call for private players to work together along with government to contain health costs we all know we can’t afford.