David Brooks has a very insightful op-ed at The New York Times where he invokes his Hamilitonian conservatism to argue for centralized goals, but decentralized means in the healthcare debate.
Brooks stops shorts of fully endorsing Barack Obama’s signature first-term success, touting his fear on how the law will centralize government:
Finally, it would effectively make health care a political responsibility. When you go to a campaign town hall in, say, Britain, you discover that many of the questions are about why somebody’s back or dental surgery didn’t go well and what the candidate can do to fix it. Once voters assume that national politicians are responsible for their health care, national politicians become more active in running the health system.
David Brooks either infuriates or enlightens. With this article, he certainly introduces new categories of thinking into our political lexicon.