Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fact checking the Left's pandering regarding health care

Robert Samuelson says that most of the nonsense about health care that all sorts of Dems/Lefties/"Progressives" have used for shameless pandering is just flat out WRONG.


"Unless you've been living in the Himalayas, you know that huge numbers of Americans -- 46 million last year -- lack health insurance. By impressive majorities, Americans regard this as a moral stain. At the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Ted Kennedy echoed the view of many that health care is a "right" that demands universal insurance. This completely understandable view is, I think, utterly wrong."

"Economist Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution recently discovered this astonishing data: on average, annual health spending per person -- from all private and government sources -- is equal for the poorest and the richest Americans. In 2003, it was $4,477 for the poorest fifth and $4,451 for the richest.

Probably in no other area, notes Burtless, is spending so equal -- not in housing, clothes, transportation or anything. Why? One reason: government already insures more than a quarter of the population, including many poor. Medicare covers the elderly; Medicaid, many of the poor and their children; SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program), more children. Another reason stems from the skewing of health spending toward the very sick; 10 percent of patients account for two-thirds of spending. Regardless of income, people get thrust onto a conveyor belt of costly care: long hospital stays, many tests, therapies and surgeries."

"There is a basic dilemma that most Americans refuse to acknowledge. What we all want for ourselves and our families -- access to unlimited care paid for by someone else -- may be ruinous for us as a society."


  1. But wait, some people actually have to spend their own money and take responsibility for their own health care and that is just not right. After all am I not my brothers keeper?

  2. The though that some how, some way, at some time, people should have to face the reality of growing up to be a responsible, productive citizen must be too much for Dems/Lefties/"Progressives" to face.

    For our prime example of that truth, we only need to look at our pal Roch.

  3. Like it or not, we live in a global economy. If Obama and his crew are elected, they will enact ruinous tax policy on individuals and businesses, which will inhibit our ability to compete on a global level. High taxes will discourage investment, which will be needed to pay for Obama's huge social programs and radical income redistribution. Obama says he wil reduce taxes. What that means is that he will send $500 tax refund checks to 95% of the population, then jack-up tax rates t opunitive levels. That is Barry's tax cut. We will complete our journey into becoming a third world country.

  4. Don't forget his "neighborly" income confiscation and re-distribution agenda.