No Such Thing as a Free Colonoscopy (Continued)

Ezra Klein’s  “analysis” piece in the Sunday Washington Post doesn’t go into a lot of detail, but it’s worth a read if you’re puzzled by the fact that so many people are clamoring for health care reform while insisting that nothing change.  Klein hits the nail on the head when he makes the point we’ve discussed here:  “The surest way to cut health-care spending would be to make people shoulder more of the burden directly, as opposed to hiding it in taxes and lost wages.”  If Congress passes anything that resembles the “plan” the President released last week, that’s exactly what won’t happen.


One Response to “No Such Thing as a Free Colonoscopy (Continued)”

  1. Ken Metcalfe Says:

    Hate to be the broken record player, but a lot of ink has been flowing on the health care debate.

    The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has determined Obama’s plan will cost billions. So has the independent GAO. But all they’re doing is crunching the numbers that anyone honestly looking at things can readily see.

    Tonight (9/20) we see that Obama is now open to a bill to rescue (at least some of) the newspapers. Surprised it’s taken this long, frankly.

    Yet, it’s only the latest in a string of events that has but one nexus—MONEY. Non-real, increasingly “funny” money.

    When you want to control a people, first control their currency. Here in America, that’s a big “CHECK”…

    As Mises and many others of the Austrian school long ago warned (and Ron Paul has continued to preach to mostly deaf ears) replace specie with fiat and the result is inevitable. We would be having no healthcare “debate” (nor would we be funding/taking over insurance companies, banks, auto companies, etc., etc., etc.) if the government actually was forced by real money to live within its means. A specie-based system (and of all the elements, gold best meets the necessary standards) means you can’t buy things you cannot afford. You cannot have multi-trillion dollar annual defecits OR an “on the books” total defecit of $12 trillion OR “unfunded obligations” of $60 to $100 trillion (depending on which government numbers you choose to believe).

    Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. But without some semblance of fiscal responsibility, the chances of the former are far greater than the latter…


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