Thomas Sowell | The Art of the Impossible

Someone called politics “the art of the possible.” But, in the era of the  modern welfare state, politics is largely the art of the impossible.

Those people morbid enough to keep track of politicians’ promises may  remember how Barack Obama said that ObamaCare would lower medical costs — and  lots of people bought it.

But if you stop and think, however old-fashioned that may seem these days, do  you seriously believe that millions more people can be given medical care and  vast new bureaucracies created to administer payment for it, with no additional  costs?

Just as there is no free lunch, there is no free red tape. Bureaucrats have  to eat, just like everyone else, and they need a place to live and some other  amenities. How do you suppose the price of medical care can go down when the  costs of new government bureaucracies are added to the costs of the medical  treatment itself?

By the way, where are the extra doctors going to come from, to treat the  millions of additional patients? Training more people to become doctors is not  free. Politicians may ignore costs but ignoring those costs will not make them  go away.

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