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.
Hereís what Iíd do if I was one of the candidates.† We all saw John Stosselís report the other night on 20/20 where he talked to the CEO of Whole Foods who, despite selling organic food to hippies and left-wing ...bags, is a staunch libertarian.† Heís implemented a novel approach to providing coverage to his employees, and Iíd come out with a comprehensive plan based on something along those lines.† You could also have a bottom rung government health insurance coverage for the complete dickheads and morons of society who simply canít manage their own lives.† But every one of us knows someone whose lives have been adversely affected by our healthcare system.† Hell, my own parents declared bankruptcy over my dadís medical costs, so I know what this is like.†
So we have two choices.† We can either get out in front of the issue with a superior alternative, or we can sit with our thumbs up our asses while the government takes over healthcare.† If you like the service you get at the post office, youíll LOVE government run healthcare.
I am waiting for Rudy and Fred to speak up on the issue eventually, but I know that Bush is already working on it. From a political-tactical point of view, it would seem almost essential to address the subject in some reforming manner which affords an alternative to the frightening systems of England and Canada.
Actually, the post office is not government run any more. It's a shame because service truly sucks now. They even took the machine that sells stamps out of my local post office. You have to go over to the video store to buy stamps after hours.
It is time for a Bismarckian solution to Socialism. Financed in part by a surcharge on private jets, disallow home office tax deductions for home of over say 4000 sq ft, and maybe a federal tax on second homes.
I too have experience with a health-care having devastating financial effects. My paternal grandmother in the late 50's had her insurance canceled after her husband died because widows were not a good risk. she developed osteoporosis and broke her hip several times before dying of bone cancer. My parents had to cover all her costs and eventually owed a total 4 times their combined annual income. I was in high school and saw how we had to sell most everything to barely get through it. Medicare started right at the end of this period and so was not a factor.
My experience is not unique and so what I think is that this whole health-care thing is driven by the fear of a catastrophic event in all of our lives but that the problems in the health-care sector are caused by third party payers for the more normal costs which most could afford but are now built into the insurance.
What I would probably favor would be some way of having everyone covered by a "Catastrophic" policy and have the medical savings accounts type thing for the more normal costs. Some government rules or assistance would be required in the transition because anyone who is now "catastrophic" would be impossible to insure and unless everyone's fears are relieved then the whole mess rears it's head again.