The Liberal Argument Part II

Health Insurance has never been more important to have than it is today. The days of going to your local GP for a few bucks are over. Growing up in the ’50s and early ’60s I do not remember my Mother ever paying more than ten to twenty bucks for any doctor visit. Health insurance was routinely paid for by employers as a benefit because it was relatively cheap. But times have certainly changed. 

Medical science has taken great strides in treating and curing diseases. Lives have been greatly enriched thanks to advances in the treatments of disabilities whether physical or mental. But these advances and their allocation have resulted in ever-increasing financial costs. We can cure more diseases, mend more broken bodies and minds, extend life expectancy into the eighth, ninth and even tenth decade. But the financial realities of paying for these miracles of science have placed those wonders beyond the reach of some who need them most. 

I don’t think anyone disagrees that we need to get more people insured but where we disagree is just how to achieve this goal. Putting it entirely into the hands of the government would be a mistake. The taxation necessary to fund such an endeavor would be ruinous to the economy. But that’s just a part of it. Relying on the government to run something as complicated as the health care needs of three hundred million people should give you pause. 

Consider the government’s history in programs it already runs. For that matter look at what it does with the vast amounts of money it already collects from US taxpayers. The budget deficit is now measured in trillions of dollars. If we stop adding to it today Our grandchildren’s great-grandchildren will still be paying for it. Government-funded healthcare as currently proposed has no workable self-funding system other than the rather silly tax the rich mantra. 

There is much that can be done within the current framework of health care to reduce costs, cover more people with insurance and assist those who cannot afford to purchase it on their own. I truly believe w can do this without blowing up the existing system and taking the lazy, unimaginative, and simplistic course of dumping in the government’s lap. It’s been done before in other countries and before we become too enamored of these systems we should be willing to assess the very real problems with these systems both fiscally and in the delivery and quality of the care provided.  

A Man of the People?

This guy has no clue what working people need, but one thing we don’t need is the type of taxation that would be necessary to fund even a small amount of the stuff he is promising. They always dance around this question by repeating some vague concept of middle-class costs going down. How does that work? He would have working people take on the debt, insurance costs, living expenses, and health care costs of people too lazy, stupid, or incompetent to do it themselves. Producers taking on the obligations of non-producers are somehow supposed to cost us less than just taking care of our own personal financial responsibility. The lunacy of this should be evident to anyone with a pair of working brain cells. 

The “Debate”

To begin with, I did not watch. From what I’ve seen in the morning shows on CBS and FOX News there was nothing new other than Castro’s announcement that he was going to start buying votes. He is not content with the usual Democratic method of promising something for nothing with no clue how to pay for it. No, taking a page from the Al Capone school of politics, his campaign is sending cash to people.

I heard this morning that a whole bunch of lawyers have looked at this and declared that it’s all fine and dandy and we know that if the lawyers say it’s okay then it must be so, right? Well then someone will have to explain to the American people just when bribery became legal in the election process because when you strip away the Orwellian Clintonisms and legalistic rhetoric that is all it is – 1930’s Chicago style cash for votes bribery.

WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR ALL THIS? 

And when will someone in the press seriously pursue the question of how any of these wild giveaway schemes they are all promoting in one guise or another are going to be paid for? Dizzy Lizzy Warren says, “It will be paid for by the people at the very top.” Not to pick on this nit more than the rest of the wits, just how would that work? Even if you could confiscate their entire net worth you would not even come close to funding this utopian dream of yours.

 So where will the funding come from? The same place it always comes from. You and I. What does that mean? Well let’s look at this in terms of a single paycheck. If you currently make 700.00 a week you are probably taking home between 500.00 and 600.00 per week for a forty hour workweek at current tax rates. As the burden of paying for an ever expanding government bureaucracy-because it’s not big enough already-so that all of this can be offered to those who will not work, be prepareto see that paycheck take-home shrink to 350.00 or less.

But hey! At least you will not have a healthcare premium to pay.