Saturday, August 29, 2009
Well, I don't know if the forces of good have won a battle or the war on this one. But even assuming -- more optimistically than I think warranted -- that they have won the war against Obamacare, it is worth noting some of the ironies here.
First, like Churchill, who cooperated with the evil Stalin, on the theory that this was necessary to defeat the even more evil Hitler, those opposed to Obamacare have had to cooperate with the Medicare lobby. Medicare, sadly, is a form of the national health insurance that Obama wants. The only difference is that Medicare is provided only to a subset of the country so that its enormous costs can be paid for by younger people. Obamacare would require more rationing because there is no one else available to pay for it. So a subset of people who want to protect their national health insurance are fighting against national health insurance for everyone. Well, like I said, it is like having Stalin on your side.
Second, even apart from its Medicare aspects, the health care system in the US has a tremendous number of absurdities, from the tax treatment of health insurance to the balkanized system of insurance regulation. This is not free market health care; it is just less socialism than Obama wants. (Does anyone want more socialism than Obama? Maybe Eugene Debs.) For an interesting discussion of some of the absurdities of the system, see here.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Are DOJ top political appointees violating DOJ procedure by killing Richardson investigation?
Is Using A Minotaur To Gore Detainees A Form Of Torture?
Your future under socialised medicine:
Thursday, August 27, 2009