George Will Complains That Obamacare, Like Social Security, Is A Disincentive To Work

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During the panel segment immediately following Sen. Roy Blunt suggesting that Obamacare is making Americans lazy, Fox News Sunday regular George Will decided to double down on Blunt's remarks, and to attack progressivism as a whole.

Will probably didn't realize it, but he just inadvertently turned himself into a punchline in Jon Stewart's latest rant, where he was bashing the pundits on Bullsh*t Mountain for their lies about the CBO. I'm not sure who Will is trying to appeal to here, but I don't think the slogan, "We're Republicans and we want you to work until you drop dead" is a winning message for them.

WALLACE: So, this sounds like a GEICO commercial, George. But is giving people a cheaper way to get health insurance without working so much -- is that a good thing or a bad thing?

GEORGE WILL: It's a bad thing but it's an intended thing. No one should be surprised about this. Everything big government does has big consequences. When it has taxes, it changes the incentive structure for citizens. When it has payments which are 67 percent of the federal budget, it changes the incentive structure.

People forget Social Security was advocated, Chris, in the 1930s, as a way of getting people to quit working, because they thought we were confined to a permanent scarcity of jobs in this country. Second, it is the point of progressivism, is to put in front of the American people an increasingly rich menu of temptation to dependency on government. In order to change social norms and eventually national character, the president said, "I want to fundamentally change America", and these disincentives to work are part of it.


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