Let’s see what new silliness Glenn Reynolds is promoting today.
OBESITY AND POLITICS — but the best line is from the comments: “They are going to take potato chips from us for the common good.”
Why, it’s a link to Ann Althouse. There must be some thoughtful thinking going on over there — thinking that not at all resembles the unprocessed resentments of a solipsistic crazy person.
Said Barack Obama at today’s Democratic debate. That sounds absurd to me. But let me be fair. He prefaced that assertion with the phrase “it’s estimated.” Oh, estimated. Well, then. He wants to “emphasize how important prevention and cost savings can be.” I get it. The plan is to get the government to pay for all sorts of routine health care for everyone, and we’re supposed to think it will actually save money. But the truth is that going to the doctor more is not going to solve our fatness problem. If it did, we’d be paying now for the treatment (not that we wouldn’t like the government to reimburse us). The false hope of a solution to obesity and a promise of illusory savings is being used to soften us up for massive spending on health care. I’m estimating.
In other words, it’s futile to subsidize preventive health care, because if it actually prevented illness or saved money, then everybody would already be paying for it, and if you italicize words archly, it’s okay not to have any facts at your disposal. Moreover, there’s a willful conspiracy afoot to make us spend massive money on health care, beginning by instilling false hope in fat people.
Well, that’s certainly one possible interpretation of things. Here’s Glenn again:
Plus, a solution: “Maybe all those fat people should start smoking again.” Hmm. Smoking goes down, obesity goes up. I wonder if this is another unintended consequence of government action . . . .
posted at 07:02 AM by Glenn Reynolds
Whoah, blowback. Then again, as Glenn showed us yesterday, “it is simply a myth to believe that only interventionism yields unintended consequence, since doing nothing at all may produce the same unexpected results. If American
foreign health policy had followed a course of strict non-interventionism, America would certainly be different from what it is today; but there is no obvious reason to think that it would have been better.”
…There are times at which it almost seems as though Reynolds is a slippery and arrogant character driven by crankish enthusiasms.