Unanticipated Problems for an Unprecedented Law

April 12th, 2013

Kathleen Sebelius, the eponymous defendant of NFIB v. Sebelius has concerns about the implementation of ObamaCare, noting that many of the problems were not anticipated:

“Probably no one fully anticipated when you have a law that phases in over time, how much confusion that creates for a lot of people. So that has been difficult,” Sebelius said. “When the law was signed and people immediately did not get affordable health insurance, they were surprised and a lot were disappointed but now understand that this was a gradual phase-in.”

This is such a perfect quotation that I will have to add to my book.

To quote from Hayek’s Nobel Prize lecture on the pretense of knowledge:

To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm.