Much has been made of the "public option" that seems unable to die in the current health care reform debate. I hesitate in using the word "reform" however, because usually reforms involve changing direction, rather than accelerating the pace of the current direction. The goverment role in health care, and the "public options" already in existence, have been growing exponentially throughout my lifetime (Medicare, federally-subsidized state Medicaid, SCHIP, etc.), and from what I understand, are on the path to bankruptcy, endless deficits, and overall gloom.
All that aside, I'd like to propose a dramatic health care reform plan of my own -- an eRevolution-style reform that, while radical, might be just what the doctor ordered (or what he would order, if the government wasn't regulating his business).
Could we get every American citizen to read and consider the Constitution in 2010?
As a nation we need to revisit what the Constitution says, what the role of our government is, and what our vision for the future should be. The security and prosperity of our Republic depends upon such discussion. In the coming months I'll be posting further ideas and details about how we can flood America with the Constitution in 2010. Here is a to-do list for now:
Mark Wagar of Empire Blue Cross offers perspective on the health insurance debate and takes questions from skeptics. It's interesting hearing from someone who actually knows what he is talking about.
A few points made in this audio (at least, by my interpretation):
>> Insurance prices are admittedly unsustainable - but that has to do with the actual medical costs, not the insurance companies. Real reform has to address underlying costs, not just mandate lower prices (doing so would bankrupt hospitals, which wouldn't help anyone).
TARP. Bailouts. Government Motors. When and where will all this socialism end?
Yes, yes, there were reasons, citied by Democrats and Republicans, for the unconstitutional actions of the Feds. They were going to save us from economic Armageddon, or financial terrors yet unimagined, or credit card late fees, or something. Due to their heroism, the federal debt has expanded dramatically, Washington owns massive chunks of Wall Street, the rescued companies are still unprofitable, and pizza delivery across the nation has remained stable.
Watching today’s politicians offer “solutions” about oil is
akin to watching a few clowns aim water guns at a forest fire.
Here’s the truth: we are trying to solve three problems at
once (environmental concern, cost reduction, national security). Perhaps if we
eat that elephant one bite at a time, we could get headed in the right
Here’s the working draft of eRev’s Oil & Energy Plan:
As you fulfill your patriotic duty this year and stress over
the various forms provided by the IRS, consider this: life could be easier. For
what it’s worth, I present, “eRev’s Sensible Tax Plan.” A few disclaimers, however, on the front end: