As Obama pushes new regulations, UK eyes privatizing its health care

Joseph A. Morris, a former Reagan White House lawyer who now serves on the board of the American Conservative Union, told TheDC that socialized medicine has turned out to be a threat to Britons’ health, and to their economy as well.

“Europe’s message to the world is no longer that the socialist dream of the cradle-to-grave welfare state is an easy achievement,” Morris said. “Rather, it is the shouted warning that it is a fool’s paradise. The bills are coming due and the only real alternatives — serious financial reform of government or national bankruptcy — are not pleasant.”

Morris added that the British government, “unlike the Obama administration, is hearing the warnings, identifying its greatest vulnerabilities, and trying to race ahead of the deluge.”

Obama’s solution for the health care industry, the controversial Affordable Care Act, has already been ruled unconstitutional in federal courts and is headed for a Supreme Court showdown this spring. Given the timing, it has been a consistent presidential campaign issue.

Last week former Sen. Rick Santorum, who was among the earliest advocates of private health savings accounts when he served in Congress, aimed a health-care jab at his main GOP rival, former Gov. Mitt Romney.

“Gov. Romney is dead wrong on the issue of the day and he should not be the nominee of the party,” Santorum said in a campaign stop in Minnesota near the Mayo Clinic. Repealing the Obama health care plan is “central to our country,” Santorum told a cheering crowd, and “central to this race — specifically why Gov. Romney is absolutely incapable of making the case against Obamacare successfully.”

As the White House’s model for health reform hits roadblock after roadblock, a Gallup poll released Wednesday shows that small business owners are losing confidence in Obama’s plan. Forty-eight percent point to potential health care costs and another 46 percent point to government regulations as reasons to abandon the president’s agenda.

Even if Britain’s NHS and other state-run health systems were replaced with something more capitalistic, other socialist models can be found on any world map for future U.S. policy experiments.

“Cuba has recently allowed some private elements into their health care system,” said Pipes. “But North Korea is still completely state run.”