Michael Turk, writing over at TheNextRight.com, deconstructs President Obama’s analogy of comparing healthcare to package delivery:
In trying to quell the uproar over the government takeover of medical care in the US, Obama made a point that I think is really worth exploring. He said:
[I]f the private insurance companies are providing a good bargain, and if the public option has to be self-sustaining — meaning taxpayers aren’t subsidizing it, but it has to run on charging premiums and providing good services and a good network of doctors, just like any other private insurer would do — then I think private insurers should be able to compete. They do it all the time. I mean, if you think about — if you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? No, they are. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems. (emphasis mine)
This argument really breaks down on a number of levels, and it’s worth a look at all of them.
Among many points Mr. Turk illustrates:
The fact is, shipping isn’t a teribly(sic) complicated business. Yet even Obama admits that the Government option is the one that gets it wrong. He points out that FedEx and UPS are doing it right, but the USPS isn’t.
How true. Imagine how bad the government will be at providing healthcare, an incredibly more complicated, and, literally, life-and-death task. We may not have a perfect system but it’s better than anything the government can give us:
“The fact is, Obama’s example probably gives us more to think about as an example of why we shouldn’t let government manhandle our health care system. As Obama points out, and as the famed economist Milton Friedman said, ‘The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.'”
Be sure to read the whole thing.