Professor Bainbridge looks at the slippery slope potential of health care reform, and it quite concerned.
The trouble is that slippery slopes in politics appear to obey the same laws of physics that control friction in real-world slopes; in both cases, it takes more energy to start something sliding than it does to keep it sliding once it gets moving. Designing an effective and credible obstacle to taking the next step beyond Obamacare to “NHS-style ‘socialized medicine'” is a nontrivial task. Maybe it’s possible. But until somebody proves to me that is possible, I for one intend to continue opposing taking the first step.