3/28/2010

Square pegs & Round holes

The most unsettling part of healthcare reform to me is the amount of opposition present and the fact that it is still being pushed and passed. The President and Democratic Congress are like a child who is angerily pounding a square peg into a round hole just so they can show someone the work they've done. "The reformers' speed belies their words as well. If health care reform is so critically important, as they keep insisting, why not take the time to get it right? Hard as it is to believe, at one point Obama was urging the House and Senate to pass legislation by three weeks after they began debating it."Read more:
One big selling point of healthcare reform is that it will save money over time. I have a hard time believing that the goverment could correctly define "savings" at this point. I have yet to meet someone who believes that making private firms accept everyone as insured and then using goverment money which is generated through taxation to pay the difference of what they can afford and the newly generated cost will save money.
This has all the signs of Socialism written on it and in an economy that is down more taxation and imposed regulation will only slow the process of employment recovery and growth.

5 comments:

Patrick said...

For all its weaknesses, this is where one has to be grateful that we have a government that allows for more than one party/viewpoint. If nothing else, the filibustering and arguing by the Republicans forces everyone to slow down and reexamine the issue. Sometimes when there's a problem that needs a quick resolution, Congress takes way too long to develop a solution. However, health care is not one of those problems.

Menger said...

What remains unclear to me is weather or not there really was and/or still is a problem.

Tyler said...

I feel the same way you do. I don't think the government should pound square pegs into round holes and force people to buy something that they don’t need or want. But, I came across this article and it has some numbers to back up the data. The plan is it will save the government in the long run. It will reduce the deficit by $138 billion over the first ten years. This will allow the government to see average savings to increase by 13 million over the next ten years. It’s a pretty interest article.

http://economyincrisis.org/content/how-health-care-bill-will-save-us-money

Logan said...

Very few people I've talked to, or articles by economists I've read, seem to agree that the Healthcare Bill can actually lower the deficit. Thomas Sowell wrote an article on the subject, stressing the Congressional Budget Office's role in the debate.

http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell032410.php3

Dr. Tufte said...

-2 on Willy for capitalization and spelling errors.

-1 on Patrick, Tyler and Logan for spelling and grammatical errors.

Menger has missed the point. There isn't much a "healthcare problem". There is a big "how will government fund its healthcare problem".

Patrick raises a good point - at least we talked about this. Unlike ... say ... the brilliant idea that we'd be better off as a society if more people owned homes as individuals.