What's the big hurry on health care, Obama?

Doesn’t a radical overhaul of one-sixth of the entire economy deserve more than “Now! Now! Now!”?

There’s a way to find out. As the writer Virginia Postrel points out, we already have Medicare, a massive single-payer, government-run program and a “perfect environment for experimentation.”

“If more-efficient government management can slash health-care costs by addressing all these problems,” wrote Postrel, “why not start with Medicare? Let’s see what ‘better management’ looks like applied to Medicare before we roll it out to the rest of the country.”

As Postrel probably already knows, the effort to empower government with control of medical care is ideologically driven, making it impervious to experimentation. Socializing medicine is the grand prize for the left.