Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Paul: What good is mandatory health insurance if you can't find a doctor?

A good synopsis provided by Ron Paul.

...It was truly a sad weekend on the House floor as we witnessed further dismantling of the Constitution, disregard of the will of the people, explosive expansion of the reach of government, unprecedented corporate favoritism, and the impending end of quality healthcare as we know it.

...Frustratingly, this legislation does not deal at all with the real reasons access to healthcare is a struggle for so many – the astronomical costs. If tort reform was seriously discussed, if the massive regulatory burden on healthcare was reduced and reformed, if the free market was allowed to function and apply downward pressure on healthcare costs as it does with everything else, perhaps people wouldn't be so beholden to insurance companies in the first place. If costs were lowered, more people could simply pay for what they need out of pocket, as they were able to do before government got so involved. Instead, in the name of going after greedy insurance companies, the federal government is going to make people even more beholden to them by mandating that everyone buy their product! Hefty fines are due from anyone found to have committed the heinous crime of not being a customer of a health insurance company. We will need to hire some 16,500 new IRS agents to police compliance with all these new mandates and administer various fines...

3 comments:

mtnrunner2 said...

Good points, in particular the text in bold.

It's interesting that the real result of the bill will be more in line with the *actual* goal of sacrifice than the *stated* goal of helping those in need.

I'm sure there's an epistemological gem in there somewhere, to do with them seeking "epistemological sacrifice" by stating an outcome that is not true as if it were the truth. In any case, they are certainly radically, stubbornly blind to reality.

Doug Reich said...

MTN,

Thanks for your comment. There is an epistemological gem in there and I think I might relink to a post I did in August where I attempted to analyze some of it. Has to do with pragmatism. Here is the link anyway if you are interested:

http://dougreich.blogspot.com/2009/08/why-liberals-dont-read-their-bills.html

Harold said...

You might find this interesting.

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