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Tuesday, September 18. 2007
Regardless of how she frames it, Hillarycare 2.0 entails a federal take-over of a large sector of our economy - a piece of our economy which is particularly important to us. Why doesn't she focus on the auto industry, and provide us all with government Yugos?
The mythical 47 million uninsured is the excuse. The reason is power, vote-buying, and the relentless need of the Left to control and socialize private enterprise, effort, and achievement - one industry at a time.
The tactic is time-honored: Manufacture a "crisis," then propose an anti-market government solution which strips a citizen of one more piece of his autonomy. Or one more piece of his adulthood, as I often term it, because government-controlled medical treatment is truly the assumption of an "in loco parentis" role.
As I see it, Hillary was humiliated with Hillarycare 1.0. If she is elected, she wants to have a mandate in hand to take over medical treatment this time around.
Bruce Kesler, who is a blogospheric expert on the topic, in Snake Oil Reform - a few quotes:
Precisely. Isn't that what always happens? Government programs always create new problems, which then require further government programs to try to fix. He notes:
The way I see it, vast federal programs like this never work, but once they exist, and fail, you can never get rid of them.
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Well done, B. Hillary is following the playbook to a T. This ain't about health care, it's about the war on the private sector.
All thats missing in the appeal right now is the promise of the fair trade, free range, organic chicken cordon bleu in every microwave.
Wonder what will happen when the insurance companies decide to quit writing health policies or local governments offload the retiree health insurance problem knowing the Feds will be there.
Gold is looking better than ever, as a value store. I'm holding AU and NEM, and wondering about that GG.
I prefer the grocery market and certain select items in the sporting goods market for my modest needs. Liquidity should also be considered and so certain grain products need to be on hand too.
All she wants to do is replace private regulation with public regulation. The current health-insurance is totally riddled with regulations, mostly concerned with ways to withold treatment or deny coverage. The continiuing inability of Conservatives or Libertarians to recognize this lends their arguments a certain Alice-in-Wonderland aura. Why should a bunch of corporate bureaucrats decide who lives and dies so their investors can make a few more pennies? I much prefer a democratic system that is at least theoretically open and accountable than one that is unaccountable by design.
But the private is market-driven. I prefer investors to bureaucrats and politicians.
"Market-driven" sounds like a religion. Investors are irrelevant on the ground, the issue is who makes the day-to-day decisions about who gets treated and how, who gets denied coverage. It's totally opaque on purpose, and its aim is not to provide coverage but to save money by denying coverage. The ultimate ideal of all business, if you take it to the extreme, is to make money without any expenses; i.e. not provide a product or a service. Health insurance companies can't take it to that extreme, but that's their ideal of a business model. Government has its own dysfunctions, of course, but you can't accuse it of trying to make a profit. It' at least amenable to the democratic process, while business is not as a matter of principle. Private health insurance is every bit as bureaucratic as government, with the added issue that is is totally isolated from the democratic process. Talking to my doctor about this just confirms my views. She absolutely hates the current system, it's dysfunctional in so many ways. Having to deal with a dozen insurance companies, each with their own rules and regulations, is positively insane. Generally, business welcomes government regulation (as long as it can write the details itself) because it rationalizes the playing field. You can see that this is the reason why reform is being discussed in the mainstream media; it's not a "Leftist" conspiracy, it's a business-driven agenda. Whether the broader business world can defeat the Health Insurance industry is another question.
I know what you mean. It's not a fetish. I thank God for our government-supported military.
But think about it: What industry can you not support a government take-over of?
"But think about it: What industry can you not support a government take-over of?"
The US auto industry. It deserves to die of stupidity. Who says government is incompetent? Ford, Chrysler and GM have it beat.
Book publishing. Same reasons as above.
Banking. It already is the government.
Got news for you, Bubbas; her plan makes just enough sense that we might get it if we don't come up with a better one. And, saying that we'll give you a tax "credit" for health insurance don't do much for the guy making $30,000.00/yr.
The Massachusettes plan is a good start, but we better get cracking.