Sunday, August 23, 2009

A quick question about health care (OT)

So which would you rather have, a government run program that offers a choice between cheap public insurance and more expensive private insurance, OR continued reliance on a private system priced out of the reach of many Americans? Do you think it's right that our nation has the very best in military equipment, the premier space program, and the most expensive health care while denying that care to some of its citizens? Are we to allow the politics of fear and divisive ideology to dictate who gets medical treatment?

Talk amongst yourselves.

We return you now to the regular level of snarkiness.


Blogger Steve A said...

I think I would phrase it rather differently. So phrased, I’d rather not go further down the road that we took with Medicare. I can’t really say that it, Amtrak, or the Post Office provide encouraging examples of how the USG will run things. Come to think of it, neither does the "Cash for Clunkers" program...

4:54 PM  
Blogger Ed W said...

Let's consider the USPS along with its competition, FedEx, UPS, and DHL. Without the bulk mailing - junk mail - the Post Office would have to charge far more to deliver the first class stuff, probably at rates competitive with the private carriers. Now, this is not exactly a fair apples-to-apples comparison since FedEx and the others legally can't carry first class mail. But does anyone think they'd deliver such mail at the same rates as the Post Office if they could compete?

Despite my potshots at Cash for Clunkers, I think it's actually done what it was intended to do - get people buying cars and put people to work building them. In a sense, it's not unlike FDR's CCC and WPA back in the 30s, and I expect you could still find some Republicans who'd rail about that.

5:53 PM  
Blogger WheelDancer said...

Not to mention that our health care ranks pretty poorly amongst our peer nations. It's time we take care of ALL our citizenry, not just the wealthy.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Brandon said...

"Cheap Public Option" pass me the Kool-Aid please!!!!!!!!!!!! Since I'm part of the 50% that pays income taxes I doubt it will be cheap for me!

Can we start over? What is the "crisis" we have with our current healthcare system?

Is there anything in the proposed legislation that addresses this "crisis"?

Does the number $9 Trillion mean anything to you? That is the 10-year deficit projection for this mess.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Rantwick said...

As a Canadian, I have reaped the benefits of public healthcare my whole life. It's not perfect, and sometimes wasteful, but it is something most Canadians value very highly.

What strikes me is how very excited many Americans get over this topic. The level of crazy rhetoric has been very entertaining.

8:18 AM  

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