Ever wonder why the â€œprogressiveâ€? community is so monolithic in its support for socialized medicine? Having pondered this mystery for some time, I’m unable to avoid the conclusion that it is all about piety. Progressives favor government-run health care not because it makes sense medically or economically, but because it gives them a sense of moral superiority.
David Hogberg comments on a classic example of this phenomenon at Health Hog, where he quotes some of Ezra Kleinâ€™s smug ejaculations about those of us who refuse to imbibe generally accepted mythology surrounding the uninsured:
If youâ€™re a denier, ask yourself: Are you really comfortable with a world in which the insurance industry is more intellectually honest than you are?
It doesnâ€™t matter that, as Hogberg points out, the CBO, the Urban Institute and Blue Cross Blue Shield have all shown that â€œprogressiveâ€? talking points on the uninsured are utterly without substance. If you refuse to accept them, you are a â€œdenierâ€? and thus morally inferior to those paragons of virtue who parrot the party line.