The first thing I notice on the page is a poll. The question is are you in favor of a government-run health care insurance program that would be available to everyone? So I went ahead and cast my vote and got the results.
Not surprisingly, the results came up 88% in favor of a government run program. Not surprising because I am considering the source it came from. It is a liberal blog, authored by a liberal college professor. I would imagine that most of his readers come from the side of the fence that favors government intervention in all facets of our daily lives.
So moving onto the post itself, I came across a quote that I want to comment on a bit. The quote is:
"...[Oklahoma needs] a health care reform bill passed that includes a public government insurance option that would compete against the private insurance companies to, as Obama has put it, keep them 'honest.'
So what I want to know, and excuse me for being completely ignorant here, is there a rash of dishonest health insurance companies? I only ask this because the ones that I have dealt with in my experience have all been honest.
In fact, in the past year, I have dealt with several health insurance companies on a daily basis and I have yet to run into one that I would consider dishonest.
Doc Hoc (and I won't single him out, a lot of people think this way) seems to think that a government run health insurance plan could do a "better, less costly job offering and maintaining a health insurance plan?"
Excuse me?!? Less costly? Do these people actually know anything about our government's institutions? Do they not realize that there is a deficit because of those institutions? Do you think we are in the red just because? It just happened? Abra-cadabra, Poof! There's a deficit. Of course not, it is because nobody in the upper echelons of our federal government knows diddly shit about how to keep us from spending less than we take in. Perhaps our elected officials need to go back to high school for a few months and take a introductory course in accounting.
Rabbit trail there. Seriously, the government can do a less costly job? That is the dumbest damn thing I have ever heard in regards to this current health care debate. Apparently these people have a huge amount of faith in their government. More power to 'em I guess. Personally, I think they are all very very naive and obviously do not read their history much.
In any case, the government could NEVER do a less costly job doing anything that the private sector can do, and better.
The author of the post and his associates (like-minded folks) obviously have no faith in the free market system. In which case, if you don't, why are you living in a country that emphasizes the free market system.
That being said, keep in mind that I am not a 100% proponent of capitalism. It has its flaws. But at present time, it is the best thing that we have.
This public plan option will turn into a single payer system. Mark my words. Write it down. Sunday, June 28, 2009, Otter warned you that this public plan would become single payer. And for those of you that are too naive to admit it, single payer is the first step toward socialized medicine which of course is yet another step toward turning the government into big brother.
And let me go back to the original quote. Keeping them honest. I can not believe that these words came out of a politicians mouth, especially not the one who uttered the words.
I must say to our President: The private sector, dear sir, will keep itself honest.
Who will keep YOU honest?
That is all I have for now. Return to your regularly scheduled reading.