Each legislative session brings its own attempts – usually born out of frustration – to address real problems in ways that just wind up growing government’s size, scope and cost.
It’s indicative of sledgehammer-to-ant syndrome. Rather than kill ants and address the specific problem, this approach knocks down the entire house.
Obamacare an example
Perhaps no large-scale policy change in America better describes such an approach than the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which provided neither protection nor more affordable coverage or care for patients.
It’s not that there weren’t some problems that needed attention. Rather, the solutions Obamacare offered went way beyond the pest control needed to address the ants on the floor and instead tore the whole house down.
Obamacare not only didn’t fix the health care and coverage problems but exacerbated them. It’s as if it knocked our whole health-care house down only to discover the ants survived the demolition and grew in number.