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26 February 2010

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RL Crabb

Yeah, the only thing worse than the Dems bloated healthcare plan is the indignant conservative's response, which was to sit on their hands and do nothing during the years they held the high ground. Especially those who have cushy retirement benefits provided by (gasp!) the government.

Russ

A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.
H/T HotAir

George Rebane

You're right Bob, the Repubs did sit on their hands during 'their' years in Congress. As I understand it, the problem they had then and still have is where to draw the line on subsidized healthcare. Doing the logical cost cutting things like streamlining regulations for providers, equipment makers, drug developers, etc seems to be impossible. Equally impossible seems to be the reduction/elimination of frivolous and/or 'deep pockets' law suits. European healthcare models are a disaster since they are all going broke (increasing the fraction of GDP consumed) or rationing beyond compassion.

Are there any approaches that you think will do the job and keep the country from tanking financially? A lot of solutions I read are of the 'single issue' type that seem to ignore the fact that if you shake this part of the tree, another (often unexpected) part will also shake. It would be easier to come up with a policy if only things were not so much intertwined to make it hard for rational control to be exerted from some knowledgeable committee or commission of experts in Washington.

RL Crabb

As much as some people don't like to hear it, I think one part of the solution will be requiring everyone to have insurance. It doesn't help that American consumers are forced to subsidize the rest of the world by paying outrageous prices for new drugs. The monies collected for Social Security and Medicare should be kept in Fort Knox, surrounded by armed guards with orders to shoot any politician who comes within ten miles with the idea of raiding the fund. How about confiscating the pensions of retired politicians who voted to spend trust fund money?

Of course, that's not the entire solution, but it would be a start. Also, people who believe that those without insurance are getting a free ride should know that it is only true if you never acquire any assets. If you use MediCal the state will confiscate anything of value in your estate once you are dead.

We could deny treatment to those without property...but wait...that would involve death panels, wouldn't it?

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