Extremist Folly of the Week #2: Healthcare Squabbles
Looking for proof that the U.S. desperately needs to put a third (i.e., moderate) party in power? Look no further than the maddening trench warfare in Congress over healthcare reform.
Republicans are clinging stubbornly to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” school of reasoning, which conveniently omits the inconvenient truth that contemporary healthcare is entirely unaffordable for anyone without insurance… and nearly as unaffordable for anyone who has to PAY for insurance.
Meanwhile, the Obamacrats have been promoting the creation of a totally overhauled, top-heavy, government-run medical establishment: a grotesque exercise in excess that would gum up the vital pipeline of medical care and impose unacceptable restrictions on our choice of physicians and treatments. Naturally, their proposals are accompanied by billowing clouds of paper (1000-plus pages of mostly indecipherable verbiage that few lawmakers have actually read) and a general haziness of focus probably designed to conceal the socialistic nature of their grand plan.
The New Moderate feels obligated to ask why nobody on either side of the aisle has proposed a simple, federally-subsidized health INSURANCE program for people who aren’t already covered by their companies. Well, I guess I just answered my own question: it would be too simple. Imagine: no vast government-run medical bureaucracy… no disastrous medical expenses for anyone foolish enough to get seriously ill. Just a simple extension of medical insurance at a nominal cost to everyone who needs it. End of story… if the moderates were in charge.