We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I just caught up on posts over at The Next Right blog, where the future of the Republican Party, or something to replace it that has balls, brains and wider appeal, is discussed.My friend Jon Henke posted this one last week drawing on my other friend Don Luskinís favorite incompetent NYTs economist (Luskin gave me my start in blogging in 2004 at his blog The Conspiracy To Keep You Poor And Stupid)
A Universal Health Care Economy Submitted by Jon Henke on Fri, 07/03/2009 - 09:23
"Why should we be a country in which hard working people aren't guaranteed health care if they need it? ... But the problem is that ... our economy is starting to look more like Wal-Mart and less like General Motors in the good days. The share of workers who get benefits at all is declining and the quality of the benefits."
Wal-Mart is very profitable. GM filed for bankruptcy.
Healthcare costs will NEVER be brought under control until the consumer pays the bill directly instead of Daddy Warbucks taking care of every need. And the same goes for quality control. The Company or The Government can negotiate cost/quality effective programs on behalf of consumers, but the consumer must make the ultimate decision in a competitive market.
By the way, our government employees such as Ted Kennedy? Let them go to the marketplace as well. It's truly un-American that they can determine their constituents' healthcare options while partaking in Rolls Royce coverage for themselves.
Somebody should remind Krugman that there are no guarantees in life, and that a Nobel prize does not insure that you'll never be wrong. Think of Yasser Arafat, a terrorist from the age of 18. And a Nobel peace prize winner too. That taints the prize forever, as far as I'm concerned.
I'm with jma. Health care costs will never be brought under control unless the consumer has his own skin in the game.