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Words of Wisdom on the Health Care Debate in Washington

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On this Friday after Thanksgiving, we are all thankful for health and happiness. But as the government considers a massive takeover of the health care system, a few reminders are important as to why this is a bad idea.

The Independence Institute in Denver published the interview below, detailing what the Canadian health care system does to quality of life.

Here are 10 reasons why the Senate health care plan has problems, according to Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, a free-market think tank. An excerpt:

Budgetary gimmick — tax now, spend later: The bill starts collecting new and higher taxes next year, but the coverage benefits don’t start until 2014 or later. Sending collections agents out four years before benefits begin is one of the budget gimmicks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used so he can claim that the cost of his bill is under $900 billion, as the president has demanded.

For additional health care analysis, here’s a great depiction of why health care insurance in its current form is hardly insurance at all. The author, George Mason University Economist Donald Boudreaux, writes:

If automobile care were supplied like health care, each of us — directly or through our employers — would pay premiums to auto insurers. Every time we change our oil, we’d pay out of our own pockets small copayments — say, $5 — with our insurers reimbursing Jiffy Lube or Pep Boys for the rest of the bills.


Written by Geoff Pallay

November 27, 2009 at 10:47 am

Posted in Healthcare

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  1. I think that everyone would agree that health care should be easier to obtain. The problem comes when the government mandates what your healthcare should be. It has been proven time and again that the government is not capable of handling a responsibility such as this without messing it up completely.


    December 16, 2009 at 1:24 pm

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