Friday, July 24, 2009

3,000,000,000,000 dimes

Obama sells health care reform at town hall meeting in Shaker Heights and Cleveland Clinic

He may be selling but the American people aren't buying! I love the shot of him taking off his jacket and rolling up his sleeves to signify that he means business! This spiel was precious:

"I have pledged that I will not sign health insurance reform that adds even one dime to our deficit over the next decade," he said. "And I mean it. We have estimated that two-thirds of the cost of reform to bring health care security to every American can be paid for by reallocating money that is simply being wasted in federal health care programs. This includes more than one hundred billion dollars in unwarranted subsidies that go to insurance companies as part of Medicare — subsidies that do nothing to improve care for our seniors."

Even if that were true, and no one believes it, that still leaves 1/3 of a trillion unaccounted for. I am not great at math, but that is 3,000,000,000,000 dimes of deficit spending. That's a lot of dimes! But no one is allowed to question the math that says we can put the most inefficient and wasteful organization in America, the Federal government, in charge of health care and in doing so give better service and save money. It just doesn't make sense and already existing schemes like medicare and medicaid prove that government is inherently inefficient because there is no incentive to be efficient. We have heard President after President promise to eliminate waste in government spending and yet the government grows unabated. There is only one way this goes down, more deficit spending coupled with job killing tax increases. That is change we can all do without.
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