Over at The National Review Online, Professor John J. Pitney Jr. recommends that our centralizer-in-chief get his hands on some F. A. Hayek -- and given the state of the country, the health care de-form and his own popularity rating, here's to hoping he gets around to it quickly.
I’d recommend two by Friedrich Hayek. In The Road to Serfdom, Hayek cautioned against the delegation of authority that is inevitable in something like Obamacare. If the law empowers officials to direct important areas of economic life, he said, “It must give them powers to make and enforce decisions in circumstances which cannot be foreseen and on principles which cannot be stated in generic form. The consequence is that, as planning extends, the delegation of legislative powers to divers Boards and Authorities becomes increasingly common.” (See section 123 of the amended HR 3200, on the “Health Benefits Advisory Committee.”) In The Constitution of Liberty, Hayek wrote of many things, including schemes for national health insurance: “One of the strongest arguments against them is, indeed, that their introduction is the kind of politically irrevocable measure that will have to be continued, whether it proves a mistake or not.”