If it were safe to assume honesty and superb management in our government, then perhaps it would be wise to give it more tasks on top of the ones it’s already managing so well and so transparently. But there’s a whole lot of history and a whole lot of evidence and even a whole lot of theory which proves that is one Heroic Assumption.
From James Taranto in June 24th’s Best of the Web Today:
Ron Fournier, meanwhile, argues that the “employer mandate,” currently delayed by administrative fiat, will be the “hardest part about ObamaCare.” Fournier is as weary as Hiltzik and Chait, but he presents himself as a sympathizer who is not a cheerleader–one of those who, in Fournier’s words, “want the Affordable Care Act to work but who worry about the Obama administration’s management record.”
Here’s Fournier’s solution:
The first thing Obama and his team need to do: Be honest. Discuss directly and truthfully the trade-offs required to expand health insurance. Empathize with its critics, rather than demonize them. Stop spinning and start leading.
Second, the complicated law is going to need superb management from the White House, the Health and Human Services Department, and other agencies. “Superb” is not a word oft associated with Obama or his team. The IRS, for example, still has not produced the information and forms required for business to build ACA reporting systems.
Given complete honesty and superb management, Fournier thinks, ObamaCare could be made a success. We suppose that’s true in the pure-logic sense that a false premise implies anything. It doesn’t seem to occur to Fournier that dishonesty and mismanagement are what gave us ObamaCare in the first place.