Is ‘entitlement’ a new scare word?

IS ‘ENTITLEMENT’ A NEW SCARE WORD?…. The Wall Street Journal editorial page is a near-constant source of distortions, but on this specific point today, it was entirely right.

The now-famous Obama-Orszag mantra — “entitlement reform is health-care reform” — really means that when they’re done, all health care will be an entitlement.

Yep. The president believes Americans are entitled to access to quality, affordable care. It’s nice of the Wall Street Journal editorial page to notice.

Jon Chait noted, “Ooh! Gotcha! Except nobody is denying that Obama wants to make health care an entitlement. That’s kind of the point, isn’t it? All Americans will be entitled to health care? Is this supposed to scare us?”

Probably, but like most of the WSJ‘s editorials, there’s a problem with the execution of the idea.

As for the editorial’s other point — by passing health care reform, the administration can bring costs down and help address Medicare expenditures — the WSJ hardly tries to explain why the White House might be wrong. It just wants to get that zinger in there about the scary prospect of health care becoming “an entitlement.”

Coming soon to a list of Republican talking points near you.