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.
As for the actual content of the House healthcare bill, horrors! Where to begin? That there are serious deficiencies and injustices in the U.S. healthcare system has been obvious for decades. To bring the poor and vulnerable into the fold has been a high ideal and an urgent goal for most Democrats. But this rigid, intrusive and grotesquely expensive bill is a nightmare. Holy Hygeia, why can't my fellow Democrats see that the creation of another huge, inefficient federal bureaucracy would slow and disrupt the delivery of basic healthcare and subject us all to a labyrinthine mass of incompetent, unaccountable petty dictators? Massively expanding the number of healthcare consumers without making due provision for the production of more healthcare providers means that we're hurtling toward a staggering logjam of de facto rationing. Steel yourself for the deafening screams from the careerist professional class of limousine liberals when they get stranded for hours in the jammed, jostling anterooms of doctors' offices. They'll probably try to hire Caribbean nannies as ringers to do the waiting for them.
If I may -- the total increase in healthcare demand is likely to be pretty small. Most people who need serious healthcare are already getting it -- they have insurance or they are on a government program like Medicaid or Medicare. Some get their care supported by charitable groups, and these groups of patients overlap considerably. The 30-45 million who don't have recognized insurance of some kind either get care already or mostly don't feel that they need it. Similarly, the total cost of healthcare will surely increase this way, but not as much as 10%, I don't think.
Not initially. I think it may rise very rapidly because the healthcare bill we've seen is full of places where it will expand.
Our friends are all over the anti-freedom issues of the individual mandate and the public option. I am hearing too little about them from some of our supposed friends, like Joe Lieberman or my own member of Congress, Denny Rehberg. They're disturbed by the possible cost in dollars -- but they seem less disturbed than I would hope about the cost in freedom.
Besides, I'm sure the Mexican government will be happy to reimburse us for covering their illegals, and that will reduce the cost immensely.
Maybe they could pay us in coke, instead of Mexican rubles, or whatever the hell they use down there. Since we're not curbing immigration, anyway, and since the border people would no longer have to be concerned with drugs being smuggled in, we could disband them and save even more.