The incoherence of Republican Party thinking as the misguided House Speaker Paul Ryan and colleagues attempted unsuccessfully to repeal the Affordable Care Act last month is nicely illustrated by this quote from one of the Republicans' worshipped thinkers, F.A. Hayek:
"[T]here can be no doubt that some minimum of food, shelter, and clothing, sufficient to preserve health and the capacity to work, can be assured to everybody. ... Where, as in the case of sickness [italics supplied] and accident, neither the desire to avoid such calamities nor efforts to overcome their consequences are as a rule weakened by the provision of assistance, where, in short, we deal with genuinely insurable risks, the case for the state to organise a comprehensive system of social insurance is very strong." The Road to Serfdom (UK: Routledge, 1944; repr. 1976), p. 90.
So not only were the Republicans spitting in the face of their sister and fellow Americans in their malicious effort to undo Obama Care, which the non-partisan Office of Management & Budget stated would result in millions of citizens losing their health insurance, they were also spitting in the face of their twentieth-century equivalent of Adam Smith.
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