15 August 2009

Foot, Your Own, Shoot A Hole In.

Back a few days ago at some staged event "town hall" somewhere, President Obama tossed off this line whilst defending his plan to take over health care:
“I mean, if you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? No, they are. It’s the post office that’s always having problems.”
Which, if you do think about it, dear readers, is exactly the point. Private health insurance, while it needs improvement, is something that most all of us like, and see no reason to have it end. We want our children and grandchildren to have it, too. What we fear is being forced into a health care system like those the government currently runs, with the existing bureaucracy, waiting, red tape, rationing, lack of control, etc. So, if the private sector is doing "just fine" delivering a service, and it's the government sector "that’s always having problems,” why would anyone think forcing the private sector to emulate the government sector, is "reform?" Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Rhetorically, Obama just shot a huge hole his own argument for government control of your health care, and didn't even realize it.

Does anyone - beyond out-of-touch pols, ideologue academics, and snug movie actors - actually believe that the US government - or any government - is able to deliver any product or service more efficiently, more affordably, and with better quality than the private sector?

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