Dichotomy, Democrats and Health Care

John of PowerLine lays it out in very simple terms:

So it’s hard for Democrats to stay consistent. Democrats can’t win primaries unless they advocate “universal health care”–another euphemism–but at the same time, they can’t admit that Obama meant it when he said that his proposal would lead to the extinction of private insurance. Likewise at the micro level: Democrats are required to become indignant at the idea that their plan will force everyone to buy abortion coverage; they say the bill doesn’t say that. No, it doesn’t: it says that an unaccountable panel will decide what minimum coverages every insurance policy must have in order to be “qualified.” I don’t suppose anyone seriously doubts that those minimum coverages will include not just abortion but payoffs to a number of Democratic constituencies. Psychotherapy, for example, is sure to be encouraged.

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Right now, with government providing a substantial percentage of the population with health care coverage via Medicare, Medicaid, VA and Indian health services we have a health system that has been partially compromised.

Imagine if you will, a baseball game where a couple of the players are also umpires. It makes things somewhat difficult on the rest of the players, but the teams still manage to actually compete with each other throughout the course of the game. Now, imagine a game where all of the players are also umpires. One might postulate a couple outcomes: 1) The score is determined ahead of time to minimize effort and expense on the part of the players/umpires, or 2) The players/umpires are so interested in following their own individual desires that they throw the game into a complete turmoil. In either event, the spectators are not getting the game they paid for.

If we wouldn’t accept this type of behavior on the ball diamond, why would we accept this type of behavior with something far more important and long-lasting than a game?

Without competition, there is no drive for excellence.

Update

It turns out that we have been the subject of remarkable misinformation on the number of uninsured Americans. Doesn’t mean we don’t have any, but does mean that the base number we were given is a 200% inflation of the facts.