It sure is hard to know who to support when I listen to the news these days.
As you know, here in the U.S. we're in the middle of a big debate over health care. Most of the western world probably laughs at us. They've had universal health care for ages.
Those that don't probably aren't sure what to think, but I suspect they get a good laugh at us as well. We've spent so much time telling them what to do and how to act these past decades, I would think it's refreshing to see we've turned that trait against each other.
Anyway, back to the debate.
I can understand the point of those that call themselves progressive (I guess they do so because they want the government to be involved in progressively more and more of our lives). They want a single payer system, preferably run by the government. But since they won't be able to get enough votes to scrap the current system and get their way, they're hoping to come in the back door and get a "government option" of one sort or another. And through subsidies, reduced operating costs, or simply the need not to make a profit or pay high salaries, they think it will eventually result in enough people coming over to their side that the insurance market will collapse and their single payer will be the only one left standing.
I guess their idea would probably prove to be a whole lot more palatable to those who oppose it if there weren't so many reasons against it. And that's even before wondering how they expect to pay for a new system when they can't seem to pay for Medicare, Medicaid or the other ones they've already put in place.
Then there's the conservative side of things that wants less government intervention in private business. Now, that's a real convincing argument to someone like me, who's never been a big fan of the government anyway. But then, when they do their own share of big spending, and to boot stack the deck in favor of big money and big business to the detriment of the average person, it makes their arguments hard to take on face value, too. . .
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