The Obama administration says it will require health insurance companies to report all price increases, no matter how small, to the federal government. This is so officials can monitor the impact of the new health care law and insurers' compliance with it.
Predictions by conservatives that the government wants to drive insurance companies out of business and create a single-payer system are coming true. This is the first step. Profit is essential to any company, including insurers, but government has no such interest. It borrows money to satisfy the desires of voters who are then told to vote for the politicians who give them the most stuff.
A single-payer system will inevitably lead to rationing of care and that will lead to decisions by government bureaucrats, not doctors, on who gets approved for surgery and who doesn't. This will be based on a utilitarian ethic, not the uniqueness of human beings created by God. It's coming. Write it down. Prepare for it, or change the government starting in next year's election.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: March 5, 2013