Opponents of the Affordable Care Act predict the law will play out in four steps:
- Put government in charge of healthcare.
- Be shocked by rising costs.
- Begin micromanagement and cost controls.
- Endless pain.
Massachusetts, the model for the federal law, seems to have moved to step three, with a vote set this week on measures to contain runaway healthcare spending. We’ll see if step four is next.
As the Wall Street Journal report suggests, the legislation involves significant government oversight of the healthcare system and a major expansion of government bureaucracy: