3.19.2010

Lucidicus - 21 musings before the vote

Jared Rhodes posted great op-ed this morning, saying:
On the proverbial eve of the critical vote on health reform, here are some assorted thoughts and ponderings to share, Thomas Sowell-style.
Here are some of the gems, but the whole thing is worth a read, a tweet, an email to friends, etc.
2. According to preliminary numbers from the Congressional Budget Office, health reform will cost an estimated $940 billion. I'm sure we will see people proffer calculations of what that comes to for every man, woman, and child in the nation. But remember to multiply that figure by about two in order to get your share, because over 40 percent of Americans pay no income tax.

11. I fear that under socialized medicine, it will be primarily the older doctors who will decide to quit. The younger ones coming out of the universities have been trained to be self-sacrificial, but that doesn't make a good doctor. In five years, your primary care physician could be essentially a social worker.

15. Empirical studies show that penalties (e.g., instituting a tax on soda) are more effective at changing consumer behavior than incentives (e.g., subsidizing the purchase of fruits and vegetables). So what. Rights are a moral concept. Your studies don't trump everyone else's rights.

16. Politicians on both sides repeatedly mistake seniors' protectiveness over Medicare for philosophical approval of the program. If I were 75 and had been forced to pay into the program for 45 years, I would oppose cuts, too. If the government breaks my leg and then hands me a pair of crutches, I'd be a martyr to refuse. But that doesn't mean we can't start phasing it out over the next few decades.

20. Requiring people to buy health insurance as part of an "individual mandate" does not make people more responsible. It makes them more helpless, by substituting government instructions for what should be a self-generated, self-motivated personal decision.

Read the whole thing, and pass it on.

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