Health Care - Putting Patients In Charge

Other Senate Doctors shows:
The Doctor Show - Thursday, July 9, 2009
The Doctor Show - Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Doctor Show - Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Read the Democrat health insurance plan [pdf]. All 1,000 plus pages.

The Doctors also have Web Page.

And you know what else? The CBO says that there will be no cost savings with the Democrat Bill.

One of the main arguments made by the President and others for investing in health reform now is that it will save the federal government money in the long run by containing costs.

Turns out that may not be the case, according to Doug Elmendorf, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Answering questions from Democrat Kent Conrad of North Dakota at a hearing of the Senate Budget Committee today, Elmendorf said CBO does not see health care cost savings in either of the partisan Democratic bills currently in Congress.

Our government lying to us? I'm shocked.

I think the whole Government Health care mess can be explained by Simon's Law:

It is unwise to attribute to malice alone that which can be attributed to malice and stupidity.

Think of how much worse it would be if we weren't lead by The Smartest President Ever™. Three Years 6 months 0 weeks and 2 days to go.

H/T Backyard Conservative

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 07.16.09 at 09:28 PM










Comments

Sent this comment tonight:

I took my kids to Disneyland once at Thanksgiving time.

We had a delightful time, but even my young sons, then 8 and 6 years old, noticed that there were long lines for the "popular" rides. We were fortunate that we'd signed up for a weekend package that meant that if we arrived at the park early we could beat the lines and ride those more popular rides without waiting.

When I was their age, Disneyland had different prices for their different rides. I believe that the "D" rides were the most expensive. My dad was unwilling to put up the cash for these more expensive rides more than once. But my sons and I noticed that there were those who were willing to get off the rides--under Disney's current policy of "one price for all rides"' and wait in line for another turn.

One of the more popular rides was for thirty seconds. The wait was over an hour.

We decided to return the next morning--during the rationed entry period-- to ride these rides. Had a great time, and spent our time during "normal" entry hours riding less popular rides.

Pricing is a great allocator of value. If you don't value your time, "free" is a pretty good price. And we haven't even talked about the phenomenon known as "end of budget year spending." No business would ever spend money, just to spend it. Governments, however do. If the money isn't spent, it won't be included in follow-on budgets.

Good luck with your attempts to stop the growth of a new Federal Leviathan.

Yours,

OregonGuy

OregonGuy   ·  July 17, 2009 2:09 AM

Simon -

I'm beginning to think your Obama Countdown is going to be short-circuited. I don't think this guy has it in him to go two years before he's forced to resign in disgrace.

Every one of his major policy programs either has failed, or is in the process of failing. He's shot his load.

If Waxman-Markey and the health care bill go down in flames (and they just might), we'll have the first ever term one, year one lame duck president.

brian   ·  July 17, 2009 7:30 AM

brian,

I'm inclined to agree with you. I just didn't want to get hopes up.

M. Simon   ·  July 17, 2009 7:56 AM

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