As mentioned earlier, I am re-reading “Atlas Shrugged” in preparation for the upcoming film. I always like to see how they hack a prolific book into a movie. In this case, I understand it’s to be a trilogy which at least gives it a chance.
I have not read the book in quite some time and re-reading it now reminds how relevant it really still is. Do you remember the part about the “Anti Dog Eat Dog Rule” formally known as the Equalization of Opportunity Bill? It’s a bill put together by the railroad consortium in the setting, to stifle large railroads from running smaller railroads out of business. I see many parallels to Barack Obama’s “Healthzilla” with it.
For one, Healthzilla is a direct intervention of big government into a free enterprise area they don’t belong. Secondly, it will no doubt affect competition in the health care industry as smaller carriers will have to carry a bigger burden. And it will probably affect competition in ways we can’t even foresee or haven’t thought of yet. Thirdly, Healthzilla is still enormously unpopular among conservative thinking people.
All these qualities make it a near direct parallel to that bill in Atlas Shrugged. How did the bill turn out there? You’ll have to read the book to find out. Unfortunately, Healthzilla is reality, not fiction.
PS: I added the word ‘Healthzilla’ to my Word spell checker; I have a feeling I’ll be blogging about it a lot.