Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Here They Come Again

This is the age-old story of big government and socialism: "You have it, I want it, hand it over." That is the bottom line. Here is how a politician (John Edwards) puts the same concept:
"The bottom line is we're asking everybody to share in the responsibility of making health care work in this country. Employers, those who are in the medical insurance business, employees, the American people — everyone will have to contribute in order to make this work," the 2004 vice presidential nominee said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Edwards said he would free up money for health care coverage by abolishing
President Bush's tax cuts for people who make more than $200,000 a year and by having the government collect more back taxes.
Well, I have a statement for all those big government politicians of either party: Keep your hands off my health care choices. You have no authority, moral, ethical, constitutional, legal or otherwise to tax anyone, regardless of income level, to run a government-sponsored health insurance program. The populous is not some serf class who lives to serve your socialist agenda. We are individuals born free who demand freedom. We give you and your lot no claim on our economic freedom, so keep your hands off! If you want it, you pay for it.

That is all. You may go now.


At Thursday, February 08, 2007 5:55:00 PM, Anonymous John Schan said...

As usual, I find this very hypocritical. John Edwards has already made millions as a trial lawyer and doesn't earn much money now. He won't have to pay the higher taxes. In fact, I don't think he paid taxes the full complement of his earnings (if what I've read is true - he has most of it in offshore accounts and allots himself a yearly stipend).

The reality is not that we have too little health insurance, it is that we have too much. I miss the days when insurance didn't cover regular doctor visits. Since they do now, you are almost obliged to use it. If everyone paid cash for normal doctors visits, the price of healthcare would decrease dramatically.

Radley Balko had an interesting trivia question about what is the only healthcare sector to lower prices. The answer was Lasik surgery, because:
a) insurance will not cover it
b) ergo, it is a cash only business
c) the offices don't have to deal with insurance companies because of a)

When actual competition occurs, such as with Lasik surgery, prices actually decrease. Imagine that, the free market system works if you give it a chance.


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