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- They say that only Nixon could have gone to China. Perhaps it is true that only Obama could make the Europeans defend liberty. Only Nixon could go to China. Only Obama could bomb Africa (with impunity).
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2011 on On the Other Hand, France Fights at Cobb
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- I hope to see some follow-through on his eloquent "robust growth" statement ... Please don't hold your breath, Steve. If growth were high on BHO's agenda, the stimulus bill wouldn't be a laundry list of political payoffs for getting him elected, it would be aimed at growth. It's not. Some of us have had the Orator-in-Chief's number since the Democratic Primaries. Don't say you weren't warned. I completely agree with Bob. Congress is a much bigger problem. Has been for a decade. Maybe two. Also agree on Ryan. And on the health care issue, I understand your priorities are elsewhere, but at some point I'd be interested in reading your incisive thoughts on why we're abusing insurance - a tool for mitigating financial risk - and using it to pay for a routine cost of living that everyone can plan around (I'm not referring, of course, to catastrophic care that can be paid for through major medical policies). Why we do this only for health care is a mystery to me. I want health care, but all the politicians and pundits are telling me I have to have insurance. It's my thinking that comprehensive health care insurance is the primary cause of high-priced health care: by spreading costs of care over a population of plan members, it allows the price of health care to increase, artificially, far beyond any individual's ability to afford it. As commodity economics go (and again, we're talking about routine, commodity care here, not heart or brain surgery), it seems that the economic model is completely broken when it comes to health care, where costs are allowed - encouraged even - to increase in a virtually open-loop fashion.
S.O.P. for this imperious administration: "We let you say your piece, NOW SHUT UP!!! We WON! We're going to do what we want."
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Two things are more frightening than the actual numbers OR the difference between reality and BHO's fantasy. First is the trend they imply, given other realities like the rising cost of oil, failure of TARP to do anything measurable so far, federal policies already passed and on the horizon that are antagonistic to small business, etc. You've done trends in the past, Steve - how about one for this? Second is the breathtaking silence in the entrenched, Fifth Column media on this phenomenon. Had this chart been the reality a year ago, you'd be seeing it on every major news network and the front page of the Sunday NYT, in 3D.
Sad to think how much easier it would be to "fix" health care without granting the federal government total control over all our lives and bankrupting the country (uhm... further). * Eliminate so-called “comprehensive” commodity health insurance plans entirely. Legislate them away over a period of 7 years. Keep only catastrophic plans for those who feel the need for them, and administer these as group plans through local municipalities (and no more broadly than that), NOT employers. [Yes, to some folks this sounds nuts at first. Here's why it's not:] * Revert 95% of all monies that were paid by employers to health insurance companies back to employees. Everyone enrolled in a health care plan at work gets an instant annual raise of from $4,000 to $16,000 per employee / family, or more, depending on the cost of the plan they’re in. * Direct the remaining 5% into a state (not federal) level fund that’s distributed to health care providers to recoup costs of providing care to those unable to pay, based on the facility’s need and inversely proportional to the tax breaks they may already be getting in their municipality. This contribution has a permanent 5% cap. That's permanent as in... permanent. * Legislate away direct-to-consumer marketing of prescription drugs, just like we did with cigarettes ads, and with the same justification (100,000 Rx drug deaths per annum and millions otherwise injured or hospitalized). This will save big pharmas billion$ per year in advertising fees, which will facilitate lower-cost drugs while at the same time helping to drain the Fifth Column media swamp that depends on these funds. The demand for these drugs will no longer be artificially inflated far beyond the actual medical need. * Let the resulting free market economics of direct-to-consumer commodity goods and services force the cost of day-to-day health care, equipment and pharmaceuticals BACK to a more reasonable equilibrium through profit reduction, cost cutting, elimination of the insurance company middleman, elimination of entire departments devoted to dealing with insurance company reimbursement, salary reduction, firing slackers and efficiency improvements.