06
Aug
09

Healthcare Plan Based on Economic Fantasy

As the healthcare debate rages on, there is one reality that even the proponents of this hostile takeover of healthcare by government cannot ignore — and that is money. The government simply does not have the money for a new, expansive, public healthcare plan. The country is in a deep recession that will deepen even further with the coming collapse of the commercial real estate market. The last thing we need is for government to increase and expand taxes to pay for another damaging, wasteful program. Foreigners are becoming less enthusiastic about buying our debt, and creating another open-ended welfare program when we cannot pay for what is already in place, will not help. Champions of socialized medicine want to tax the rich, tax businesses that already cannot afford to provide health plans to employees, and tax people who don’t want to participate in the government’s scheme by buying an approved healthcare plan. Presumably, all these taxes are to induce compliance. This is not freedom, nor will it improve healthcare.

There are limits to how much government can tax before it kills the host. Even worse, when government attempts to subsidize prices, it has the net effect of inflating them instead. The economic reality is that you cannot distort natural market pressures without unintended consequences. Market forces would drive prices down. Government meddling negates these pressures, adds regulatory compliance costs and layers of bureaucracy, and in the end, drives prices up.

The non-partisan CBO estimates that the healthcare plan will cost almost a trillion dollars over the next ten years. But government crystal balls always massively underestimate costs. It is not hard to imagine the final cost being two or three times the estimates, even though the estimates are bad enough.

It is still surreal that in a free country we are talking only about HOW government should fix healthcare, rather than WHY government should fix healthcare. This should be between doctors and patients. But this has been the discussion since the 60’s and the inception of Medicare and Medicaid, when government first began intervening to keep costs down and make sure everyone had access. The result of Medicaid/Medicare price controls and regulatory burden has been to drive more doctors out of the system — making it more difficult for the poor and the elderly to receive quality care! Seemingly, there are no failed government programs, only underfunded ones. If we refuse to acknowledge common sense economics, the prescription will always be the same: more government.

Make no mistake, government control and micromanagement of healthcare will hurt, not help healthcare in this country. However, if for a moment, we allowed the assumption that it really would accomplish all they claim, paying for it would still plunge the country into poverty. This solves nothing. The government, like any household struggling with bills to pay, should prioritize its budget. If the administration is serious about supporting healthcare without contributing to our skyrocketing deficits, they should fulfill promises to reduce our overseas commitments and use some of those savings to take care of Americans at home instead of killing foreigners abroad.

The leadership in Washington persists in a fantasy world of unlimited money to spend on unlimited programs and wars to garner unlimited control. But there is a fast-approaching limit to our ability to borrow, steal, and print. Acknowledging this reality is not mean-spirited or cruel. On the contrary, it could be the only thing that saves us from complete and total economic meltdown.

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10 Responses to “Healthcare Plan Based on Economic Fantasy”


  1. 1 Alan Scott
    6 August 2009 at 14:33

    That CBO report is killing the Democrats. I would look to see Obama Inc. find a way to corrupt the CBO and get them to massage the numbers. Also as the Democrats enlarge government, it is inevitable that lobbying will increase. The health care companies, drug companies, and all the rest of us will have to pay lobbyists just to protect ourselves from the next stupidity coming out of Washington DC. The people who swore to protect us all from lobbyists will be responsible for creating the most lobbying in history. They will never tell this to the imbeciles who voted for them.

  2. 7 August 2009 at 03:27

    Of course not. As long as we keep giving more and more away – whether it be our powers or our rights – they are content.

  3. 3 Alan Scott
    14 August 2009 at 17:10

    I tried to post this on NYD, but I got too cute and made it too much like an add so it probably went in to NYD’s spam bin. All of these clowns in the media who insult people who show up at town meetings and ask questions, by saying they are paid mobs from the GOP should read this.

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/npo/1320138750.html

    “Work to Pass Obama’s Healthcare Plan and Get Paid to Do it!$10-15 hr! (Mid Wilshire)”

    It’s probably the only type of job President Obama is capable of creating and I bet it doesn’t even come with medical benefits.

  4. 4 Alan Scott
    14 August 2009 at 17:19

    This did not post either here or on NYD. I guess it’s because of the craig’s list address. It probably went to spam bin. The posting was about Obama’s people advertising for people to work to pass Obama-care and get paid up to $15 per hour. These are the same clowns complaining that people asking questions at town hall meetings are organized right wing mobs.

  5. 15 August 2009 at 07:24

    I retrieved it from SPAM bin… :)

  6. 6 Alan Scott
    15 August 2009 at 09:08

    Kyle,

    I should have been aware that this would happen. I sometimes get caught up in finding sources of hypocrisy from the Democrats that I forget some basics about how these things will post. I think it does illustrate something that is happening. The Obama political operatives are having to pay supporters to counter the tea party people showing up at town hall meetings. Their unpaid volunteers were burned out. Here is an article illustrating this point.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/15/health/policy/15ground.html?hp

    They have to lie about our grassroots people and resort to pre-filling town hall meetings with bussed in paid supporters. This is so that their wobbly Congressmen and Senators won’t be too shell shocked from their summer breaks to vote the way Pelosi and Reid tell them to.

  7. 15 August 2009 at 09:24

    This kind of reminds me of the multitude of Congressmen that are holding phone town hall meetings over the traditional face-to-face meetings because they are scared.

    This country is gone.

    Sad. This country’s original politicians were afraid of doing wrong to their constituents so they made sure they properly listened to them. Now, our politicians are %^!#ing up and are afraid of their constituents… and then they hide behind a phone instead of facing them.

    If it isn’t blatantly obvious by now… our government is going to do whatever it wants and they are going to distance themselves as far as they can from you so that you can’t do anything about it.

    i.e. me writing my representative… he (Flake) no longer answers me…

  8. 15 August 2009 at 09:25

    Oh yeah… And I heard that it isn’t the constituents that they are afraid of… it is the crazy right-wing Republicans and Ron Paul supporters that are causing such an unnecessary ruckus.

    As if we are not allowed to exercise our First Amendment?!

  9. 9 Alan Scott
    15 August 2009 at 17:53

    Kyle,

    The Pravda talking heads at MSNBC say Congresspersons are afraid of the crazy right wing mob showing up at their town meetings. Crazy folks who did what their reps could not, read the House Bill. That Congresswoman who talked on a cell phone while being asked a question by a taxpayer, she did not look afraid. Would you disrespect someone you were afraid was crazy?

    Then we got the Senators. These clowns have an out. Every time someone asks them what they think about an item in the legislation, they say ” that’s not in the Senate Bill “. Because there is no Senate Bill, at least not one, maybe 4 or 5 potential ones. My Senator, Arlen Spector, was grilled pretty good. I thought he handled it well. Then I saw him on TV with a group of Democrats. I thought it was a different guy. Spector would put a chameleon to shame, the way he can change his appearance to suit his surroundings. Democrat-Senator Spector is definitely one who is easily influenced by whoever is putting the most pressure on him.

  10. 10 Alan Scott
    18 August 2009 at 16:30

    Even the elderly are beginning to understand that Obama will pay for his socialized health care for the poor by cutting their socialized health care. I guess Barry ran out of rich people to tax. The old folks are also figuring out that AARP ain’t for them, AARP is for AARP.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/17/eveningnews/main5247916.shtml

    “(CBS) CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships since July 1, angered over the group’s position on health care.”


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