The title is a quote from Michael Cannon of Cato.See his commentary .
His current comments are in regard to the latest decree from the HHS Secretary regarding the mandate for the details of the health insurance that Obamacare mandates with the threat of a fine for non compliance. This time the Catholic Church is the focus of attention with the insistence that that organization will, in fact, have to provide insurance that covers among other things,certain reproductive services including birth control pills.
When the government, this time a single high ranking government presidential appointee, decides what you shall have and shall not have in your health insurance, there is bound to be anger and division as Cannon said.
Some folks with a more progressive mind set may be pleased that the enlightened HHS secretary will force a program so that women can afford contraception,but the government control knife cuts more ways. I quote Cannon again
The same apparatus that can force Americans to subsidize elective abortions can also be used to ban private abortion coverage once the other team wins. The rancor will only grow.
Thomas J. Sargent said the following in his address to graduates at UC Berkeley in May 2007.
"Other people have more information about their abilities,their efforts and their preferences that you do."
I suppose even progressive planners would admit that but with a "Yes,but". Yes but we know better what is best for other people.
Of course, with the power of HHS mandates and the reach of IPAB,the apparatus of government health care control system can force certain things and ban others regardless of the wishes and the particular circumstances of the "other people".
The social justice bestowed on us rolls on. It just gets better and better.