As I continue my rousing end-of-2009 celebration in my flannel nightgown, with the TV in the background and the laptop on my tummy, I wish everyone a wonderful new year and decade. But ... before we leave the current one behind, for those who love the notion of ObamaCare - an oldie but a goodie for you from Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.
I propose that the government impose a single-payer system on the legal profession. Instead of charging private fees, all attorneys would have to send their bills to LegalCare, a new agency in the federal government. Because the government can bargain collectively, they can impose rational fees for legal services instead of the exorbitant billing fees attorneys now charge. Three hundred dollars an hour? Thing of the past. Everyone knows that the government can control costs through price-setting; now we can see this process applied to the legal system, where the government has a large interest in seeing cost savings.
How will we pay for LegalCare? I take a page from the House surtax method here, which will disproportionately hit doctors in a wide variety of disciplines. In this case, I propose a 5.4% surtax on lawyers, judges, lobbyists, and political officeholders at the state and federal level. They’re the ones who have enriched themselves through this inequity in the legal system. After all, why should we all have to pay for the single-payer legal system when we can penalize lawyers instead?
It's satire. But, when you think about it - does it make any more sense for us to have this sort of system for our healthcare, than it would for our system of justice?
Happy New Year!