On Monday, Josh Barro, politics editor for Business Insider, explained to Americans that if Obamacare took away their current healthcare plans, that was for their own benefit. Barro, who has masqueraded as the left’s favorite conservative, wrote, “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Probably Shouldn’t Be Able To Keep It.” His explanation:
One of the key reasons that America needed health care reform is that a lot of existing health plans were bad. There are a lot of health plans that Americans shouldn't be able to keep.
What kinds of plan were so bad that the government should be able to forcibly kill them? According to Barro, some had big holes in coverage, while others “covered too much, encouraging beneficiaries to consume needless care because they had little or no financial responsibility at the margin.” So what, exactly, is the problem? Barro wrote:
America doesn't have a free-market health care system and hasn't for decades. With taxpayer subsidies so embedded in everybody's plan purchasing decisions, taxpayers have a legitimate interest in ensuring that health plans serve the public interest, not just private interests.
In other words, from each according to his ability, to each according to his need. Barro concluded that the White House lying to Americans about keeping their healthcare plans was a good thing:
"If you like your health plan, you can keep it" was never a reasonable promise; health reform that addressed America's combination of high cost, middling outcomes and spotty coverage was necessarily going to have to change a lot of people's health plans. So yes, that statement is proving false — and it's a good thing.