We probably all remember fondly Mitt Romney's response in one of the Republican Party's debates consulting lawyers about the legality of pre-emptively engaging the country of Iran. But now rumors have been swirling around PoliticalWire.com that he may be running for the office Ted Kennedy has left vacant.
The interesting thing about this is that Kennedy was known for wanting to create a system of nationalized healthcare. A great local columnist from my home state of New Jersey discusses this in an interesting article entitled What's behind the push for mandatory coverage? Among other points, he notes that though Romney now opposes nationalized healthcare, he supported exactly that sort of thing while governor of Massachusetts.
It appears that the public option will probably be staying in the House version of the health care bill:
House Democratic officials say a public option will remain in their version of a health-reform bill, even now that the White House has acknowledged it may later get dropped.
“This is just for the Senate,” a House leadership official said about the administration’s concession on a public option. “There is no way it passes the House the first time around without a public option.
The game has started in Washington, and while President Obama can appear to be in favor of getting rid of the public option, the Congress can still hash out the details in the bill and possibly keep the provision.
1. Eliminate all licensing requirements for medical schools, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical doctors and other health-care personnel...
2. Eliminate all government restrictions on the production and sale of pharmaceutical products and medical devices...
3. Deregulate the health-insurance industry...
4. Eliminate all subsidies to the sick or unhealthy...
Click here for the full explanation (not that long, actually, and well worth the read). The article concludes that "[o]nly these four steps, although drastic, will restore a fully free market in medical provision." Agree?
The health care debate has been raging for months now, and all we hear is the government-run health program is the only option for the country.
However, the CEO of Whole Foods has something to say about health care takeover, and it is actually the right solution to the problem:
While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:
• Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).
As many of you know, the White House Blog recently asked us citizens to flag "fishy statements" about health care reform.
Inspired by Keith Hennessey's tongue-in-cheek email to the administration, I wrote my own email to the administration asking them to take a look at some "fishy statements" I found -- in one of the health care bills. Read the letter after the jump.
From the blog at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights comes an important point about the administration's proposal for socialized medicine, which the president often dubs "uniquely American." That, however, is impossible:
In other words, under his plan health care in the United States will be guaranteed by government, but it will be different from that of Canada, France, Britain or any other nation that has implemented a variant of socialized medicine. We’ll provide health care to all, the President is saying, but we won’t have any of the problems of those other nations. We’ll do it right. It will be universal, but it won’t be socialized. We’ll do it the American way...
The distinctiveness of America was thus that it set man free from other men...A “uniquely American” health care plan is a contradiction. In an America true to its founding principles, no aspect of any individual’s life is planned by a bureaucrat in Washington. Health care is not a right; government should be powerless to provide it. That is the uniquely American perspective.
Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things."
Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions.
The White House calls criticism of President Obama's words misleading and out of context, but based on the video most reports refer to, it would seem that most of us heard himquite clearly. Check it out for yourself.
Internet critics continue to speak as our country is destroyed from the inside out. Let your voices be heard and don't back down.