Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I suppose I should say something about the President's press conference and about health care reform in general. First of all, his press conference went well but did not really reveal anything new. This is one of those issues that should not be partisan, but will never not be partisan. People on both sides of the issue can produce figures to support their contentions and tint the truth. Here's what I do know:
  • Everyone in this country should be able to afford health insurance. If you do not believe this, then I do not understand you.
  • That whole "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" idea that some people have does not apply here (or in most cases that people use it).
  • Politicians who see this as a way to bring down the President do not deserve their jobs.
  • Talking about the "disastrous" health care system in Canada represents fallacious reasoning.
  • Republicans who sat idle for 8 years while the previous administration refused to pay for anything do not get to talk about running up the deficit.
  • We have a moral obligation to fix the broken system.

I do not know if the new reforms will be the right ones. They will not be perfect. But something must be done. And I know this blog post has not really offered anything new, but I just wanted to post some thoughts.


At 10:18 PM, Blogger P "N" K posited...

It would have been nice if GWB had left me a bit of a leg to stand on regarding budget bitching. Screw it. Obama is going to run up the deficit. Think of it as more a statement of fact than my outraged complaining.

At 12:46 PM, Blogger PBear posited...

This is true, and the hypocrisy goes both ways. For every whinny Republican now, there was Dem, voting for Obama's budget now, that was whining about GW's deficits. Even if Obama chooses to aggressively raise taxes during his four years, his deficits will still exceed Bush by a long shot.

As far as health care, it really is a mess. Any socialized system in America will either have to ration care (which is essentially what insurance companies do now), significantly reduce quality, or won't be sustainable. Any system that goes halfway in between, like Obama's, won't fair well either; I can't recall an instance in which a mixed public/private system has managed to eliminate the problems associated with both. The only way I can see health care costs coming down is on the demand side. If people just lived slightly healthier lives, this wouldn’t be an issue, but THIS IS AMERICA, IF I WANT TO HAVE A MAYONAISE DONUT BACON WRAP BURGER ON A STICK EVERY DAY, I SHOULD GET TO… AND SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD PAY FOR MY HEALTHCARE TOO.


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