Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Republican push back to health care reform is just fear mongering.

The conversations are no more than a few months old, and already the conservatives are leading us to believe that only illness, death and poverty are going to result from Obama's plan to "fix" the health care delivery system. Isn't that odd -- they destroyed the housing market for the next decade, but never a word about that. Get real!


What do the world's "laboratories of democracy" tell us about health care?

Republicans, at least rhetorically, claim to value federalism and to believe that the states can function as "laboratories of democracy"-- places where policy experimentation can take place.
The number of people in other industrialized democracies who go bankrupt as a result of medical bills = 0
The number of people in other industrialized democracies who lack access to routine medical care = 0
The number of people in other industrialized democracies who feel trapped at their jobs for fear of losing their (or their family's) health insurance = 0.
That last number is particularly galling given conservative reverence for entrepreneurism. Though it's difficult to quantify, I would bet that our dysfunctional health care system, more than any other factor, discourages entrepreneurial risk-taking in this country. Which makes all this talk about free markets all the more absurd.
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