Skip to comments.George Will: Government by the ‘experts’
Posted on 06/10/2011 7:30:04 PM PDT by inkling
"The legislative cannot transfer the power of making laws to any other hands... The power of the legislative, being derived from the people... [is] only to make laws, and not to make legislators." John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
Here, however, is a paradox of sovereignty: The sovereign people, possessing the right to be governed as they choose, might find the exercise of that right tiresome and so might choose to be governed in perpetuity by a despot they cannot subsequently remove. Congress did something like that in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
The point of PPACA is cost containment. This supposedly depends on the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB, which is a perfect expression of the progressive mind, is to be composed of 15 presidential appointees empowered to reduce Medicare spending which is 13 percent of federal spending to certain stipulated targets. IPAB is to do this by making proposals or recommendations to limit costs by limiting reimbursements to doctors. This, inevitably, will limit available treatments and access to care when physicians leave the Medicare system.
The PPACA repeatedly refers to any IPAB proposal as a legislative proposal and speaks of the legislation introduced by the IPAB. Each proposal automatically becomes law unless Congress passes with a three-fifths supermajority required in the Senate a measure cutting medical spending as much as the IPAB proposal would.
This is a travesty of constitutional lawmaking: An executive branch agency makes laws unless Congress enacts legislation to achieve the executive agencys aim.
And it gets worse...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
So How do we institute a revolution?
Get the illegals out of the country. Everyone seems to think they were brought in to lower wages or vote dim. They were brought in to take our attention away from the govt. Everything else was just a bonus. imho
I don’t read or listen to George Will. He’s the Paul Mulshine of National Politics - a real ass.
I guess, given your virtual endorsement of Obama in 2008, and your recent snarky, effete trashing of Palin, the only intelligent response is FU George.
This is the same George Will who still thinks that the people of Tennessee should prostrate themselves toward Washington five times daily in reverent thanks for the TVA.
Nonetheless, you would be advised to read this. Obamacare is even worse than we thought.
Those 2400 turgid pages aren't done spewing their unconstitutional schemes.
The real ass is you. Read this piece he wrote on Obamacare.
“Nonetheless, you would be advised to read this. Obamacare is even worse than we thought. “
But I certainly don’t need George Will to tell me that.
Obama is a pure elitist Marxist and a closet Muslim.
Damn him to hell and the idiots who elected him.
It amazes me that a conservative like Will is called a RINO by those here on FR simply because he won’t suck Sarah Palin’s toes.
“It amazes me that a conservative like Will is called a RINO by those here on FR simply because he wont suck Sarah Palins toes.”
Not sucking toes is one thing; trashing her is something else; Will is part of the cocktail club with Steponallofus at ABC. If he were a real conservative, his @$$ would have been kicked out of ABC a long time ago. His holier than thou approach along with being completely out of touch with REAL conservative Tea Party folks puts him in the same class as Moaning Joe at MSNBC.
As another poster aptly stated, we don’t need Will to tell us jack about Obamacare or anything else for that matter.
D.C. cocktail circuit speaks.
I realize this will surprise you Patrick1, but until about a week before the 1980 election, George Will didn't like Reagan either.
Patrick1. I don't want to call you dumb even though you exhibit all the traits, so let's just say you are the “least smart” person on FR.
Not so about the 1980 election.
In fact Will was trashed by Carter supporters and impugned by the media for helping candidate Reagan prepare for the Carter-Reagan debates.
This doesn’t mean that Will is reliable or even relevant these days.
I was just reading an article in National Review today on the IPAB. It’s exhibit A of why Obamacare must be overturned either judicially or legislatively.
I'm sure there's nothing in this article that we don't already know and that Rush Limbaugh hasn't already covered in detail.
George Will is a RINO Washington insider. I don't need to read his columns. He's not nearly as intelligent as he thinks he is.
Will: Oxford-Princeton; Palin: Idaho. You really don’t need to go beyond that to understand Georgie’s opinion about Sarah.
I'm quite sure Obamacare is exactly as bad as I thought it was, without having to read it, or take George Will's word for it.
Such is the freedom of having a moral basis not subject to the whims of experts, pundits or policy wonks.
George Will gave his elitist official inside the beltway FDA seal of approval for Obama and his policies back in 2008. When Sarah Palin long ago pointed out everything George does now, (can we say plagiarism) he dismissed her as stupid and a fool of no substance.
So who was stupid then and is now the fool George?
“The PPACA repeatedly refers to any IPAB proposal as a legislative proposal and speaks of the legislation introduced by the IPAB. Each proposal automatically becomes law unless Congress passes with a three-fifths supermajority required in the Senate a measure cutting medical spending as much as the IPAB proposal would.”
I’m not a fan of George Will and enjoy skipping his articles. However this I did not know and it is a very interesting fact.
I don’t call him a RINO. He was my intellectual hero growing up. I had Newsweek, USNWP, the WP and Readers Digest to read growing up. I fell out of love with him in the 90’s partially due to his divorce but for other reasons too. I started to first read his stuff with a grain of salt then critically then with contempt.
“I’m sure there’s nothing in this article that we don’t already know and that Rush Limbaugh hasn’t already covered in detail.”
I think you’re wrong about that. If you can find a quote by Rush about the language calling IPAB’s work “legislation” and the super majority required in the Senate I will stand corrected.
You would be wrong.
I'm no longer a George will fan, either. But he found something -- well, actually, the Goldwater Institute found it -- that nobody else has yet revealed.
bttt and forward later
As Mark Levin said today when Will is good, he is very good (when bad, he is very bad), this is good article. With the exception of possibility that IPAB may be constitutional (Levin, a constitutional expert disagrees with Will), it is a good article according to Levin.