Are you beginning to think that, when it comes to health care, the Democrats don’t care how high they have to raise your taxes? Michael Barone has an interesting observation:

[Health-care reform costs] suggests that, at least for some Democrats, huge looming budget deficits are not a bug but a feature. Just as Ronald Reagan hoped that cutting taxes would force politicians to cut spending, these Democrats hope that increasing spending will force politicians to increase taxes to levels common in Western Europe. Never mind that those economies have proved more sluggish and less creative than ours over the long haul.


We can solve the health-care crisis with incremental changes. But we can transform our economy into a sluggish bucket of molasses by enacting the current health-care bill.