Why Obamacare Can Never Work: Bureaucracy

Laurence J. Peter said: “Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.”

Bureaucracy is a long word that describes a massive problem. It seems rather appropriate that the word itself—bureaucracy—slows me down (I never remember how to spell it), because that is exactly what a bureaucracy does: it slows us down. Large government begets massive bureaucracy. It is a necessity of a maternal government. It is because of this that the Left defends bureaucracy to the teeth. The Left’s love of big government means that they must also defend what that government creates, in spite of the obvious flaws associated with it.

According to The Washington Post:

“‘The Phantom Planter’ had taken it upon himself to plant Morning Glories, Cardinal Flowers, and Cypress Vines on Metro property at the Dupont Metro North Station. He was told that he would be arrested if he watered or tended to them in any way…I feared that Metro would merely neglect the flowers. Instead, last Sunday, it sent workmen to yank them out…The transit system regularly pleads poverty, yet employees devoted supposedly valuable time to remove more than 1,000 morning glories, cardinal flowers and cypress vines that [The Phantom Planter] donated to the city...”

In reaction to the plants being removed, the Phantom said: “It never occurred to me that Metro would think it was more efficient to rip out the plants than to let someone water them.”

The point of this story is not to mock the employees of the Metro, or even the Metro as a whole, but to demonstrate the absurdity of a large bureaucracy. Just as human beings slow down as they put on weight, an obese bureaucracy moves more slowly than a leaner organization.

As bureaucracies grow, they become riddled with inefficiencies. With more inefficiencies come more mistakes, and more poorly made decisions. The decision on the part of the Metro to devote a massive amount of staff to tear up flowers planted by someone who is essentially a volunteer is a perfect example of poor decision making on the part of a bureaucracy.

So, with the example of the relatively small Metro, how on earth can we expect something like the United States government to handle the entirety of our healthcare? The federal government is the quintessential example of a morbidly obese, staggeringly inefficient bureaucracy.

Socialized medicine doesn’t work for numerous reasons, but the most obvious is the fact that the organization in charge of running it is the government—the same organization that runs the Post Office. No government—especially the larger ones—have the ability to efficiently and affordably take care of millions of people. Bigger government makes slaves of all of us. In order to actually take care of us, the federal government would need more money than we will ever have, more time than is available in the day, and an unending supply of miracles.

It’s a strikingly simple notion, but one that is poorly understood. Obamacare was always going to be a train-wreck. That is why it was unpopular, has remained unpopular, and had to be rammed down our throats before sane opposition could get elected.