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It´s a long way to Tipperary

March 27, 2010

I’ve been thinking about this health care bill that was just passed and I have to tell you, I don’t think it is a good idea. It’s not because I don’t think folks should have access to healthcare – I do. And no, I don’ t own shares in any healthcare related business nor do I think “the market” can provide the best solution. I fact, I’ve said many times, although probably not online until now, that there are just some things a profit driven business model isn’t good for and health care is certainly in the top 10 of that list.

Here’s the rub, I am also against it being a government program, especially a federal government program. Why? Because the government, again especially the US federal government, has a horrible track record. Mixing government bureaucracy and big budgets (a trillion dollars is still real money) is no different from mixing organized crime and casinos (see DoD). Entitlements are like drugs, you start with the free or cheap samples, then the next thing you know, boom, you got a real nasty habit there. And, as sit turns out, nothing is free or cheap. Go figure. Then there is the morality thing – exempt religious groups and the abortion issue.

Plus there is the rights and freedom issue. I have yet to see anything in the constitution about anyones ‘right’ to healthcare, yet everybody talks about it being a right. How so? What about the other citizens right not to subsidize poor health habits, which of course drives up the cost of healthcare for everybody, irrespective of whether or not it is public or private funded. I can’t say for sure with any real authority, but I am reasonably sure that of the freedoms the founding fathers had in mind, the freedom to partake in any of the seven (secular) sins, in any order, combination or order of magnitude and expect the rest of us to pick up the tab isn’t on that list. Yet, that is exactly what is going on.

Government at every level costs money and I lean towards the least amount of government and cost at every level to ward off waste, corruption and the natural human tendency to take the path of least resistance, especially if it’s ‘free’.

So what would I suggest in lieu another big government, big budget charlie foxtrot? Perhaps state level funding trusts with a minor percentage allocated to interstate leveling. There is no reason for the federal government or really any government to be involved with this – especially if the real goal is to provide for a health care system that is there whether or not you have a job or whether or not you have the wherewithal. To me health care should not be about profits, political favors or market share. It should be about health care, period.

More importantly I think, is that the whole health care debate is a part of a larger and very ugly picture  – overpopulation, resource depletion and environmental damage. But we can’t change the larger picture until we change ourselves and how we view the world we live in and our responsibility to it.

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