Health Care, Part 1
December 24, 2009 1 Comment
To my faithful reader, I offer my most sincere apologies. It has been a very long and overwhelming seventh semester of college and I rejoice, having made it to the end, to have pulled off another good semester. The highlight was my engagement to my beautiful fiancé and I couldn’t be more excited about marrying her this spring. I have genuinely missed blogging. It is a place my thoughts on politics and governance find refuge.
The downside of being away so long is I have so much that I wish to talk about. I want to talk about Obama and Afghanistan, Obama and Iraq or Iran, health care and the debt, labor unions in general and I have a little rant on the economy.
But since it is the 24th of December and liberals across the country are rejoicing in our new Health Care Day I think that is the most pressing issue to discuss. Please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times.
Health care reform is not a bad idea. At its root the idea of reform is to inject fairness and efficiency into any system while ridding it of the bad, such as fraud, mismanagement, and loopholes which result it system-wide deficiencies. The problems with the reform passing through Congress are many, beginning with timing: this is the absolute wrong time to be overhauling 1/6th of the United States economy. We all remember the economy took a serious hit in September of 2008 and Obama was swept into the White House the playing field was different than when he promised sweeping health care and “go green” legislation.
Shortly after Obama’s inauguration Rahm Emanuel was quoted as saying no one should let “a serious crisis go to waste.” Then the pushing began. Since that time we have heard health care prescribed as a panacea for all of the government’s problems, from the budget deficit to inflation and the economy. There is no way this will be the case. The “public option” will not decrease government deficits nor will it decrease taxes or any other such nonsense. Nor will it decrease health care costs. The logic of liberals is this: more people paying for health care will spread out the costs among more Americans. The reality is this: More people paying for coverage also, incidentally, means that more people trying to get coverage, and greater demand with static supply results in higher costs as the market seeks equilibrium.
In our present economic situation increased costs via health care is a horrible idea. We need greater efficiency and leaner costs, not increasing costs. Businesses across the nation are pared to the bone when it comes to employment and with 10% of the work force unemployed we cannot, as individuals or as the government, afford hiked costs or increased taxes. A recession is not the right time for increased taxes or costs.
Congress should be doing is focusing on the economy. Cap and trade is not the right angle for economic growth.