Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
"The biggest loser in all this, however, seems to be the notion that big
government can solve problems better than the private sector." Well, that
depends on the problem. Big problems require big solutions. Health care is a
big, big problem. Now, medicare is quite well run both itself and the
supplementary private plans which go with it. You may note that medicare is run
by the federal government. Before medicare, health care for seniors was a big,
big problem. They were dying in poverty before their time - I know this for a
fact because I witnessed it. Before medicare the only effective health care for
the elderly was provided by the VA for vets (also big bad government). I begged the Obama people, though they never listened to me (it was
practically impossible to get the White House to listen) to extend medicare to
all. That would have worked, only requiring a re-scaling of current systems.
Instead to accommodate the private insurance business we got Obamacare.
Obamacare does not establish the government won't work, but it shows the
White House chose the wrong option.
" but the lack of a profit incentive, together with politics...generally get
in the way of efficiencies." Profit incentive is the reason may senior care
centers give lousy care. And of course the most efficient care for seniors
would be to have them die at 70 years or less. That's efficiency I
don't want. Health care doesn't belong in the for profit system.
The failure of ObamaCare is a prime example of why the Federal Government was
authorized to only handle seventeen duties by the Constitution. The Founding
Fathers had just fought a bloody war with a "top heavy" government in
England, a government that thought that it had the right to dictate to people
worldwide. England learned that its sphere of influence did not extend into
America. Perhaps Mr. Obama will soon realize that his sphere of influence does
not extend past the Oval Office when he ventures far beyond the limits imposed
on his office by the Constitution. Although he thinks differently, he has no
authority to legislate or to pick and choose which parts of a law he will
enforce or the time table that he will use to fully implement legislation that
he signed into law.Although the news media has not reported
faithfully on his every action as President, what it has reported shows that his
every attempt at making business decisions has failed, from the seizing of two
car companies to spending hundreds of millions of dollars on Solyndra to
spending even more hundreds of millions on a failed website.
The only difference between a citizen and a subject is the size of the
Incompetance abounds in the Government. A huge chunk of it is at the very top. A
billion here, a trillion there so what. Oh but his credentials were(now get
this) a community organizer.
Again with the all-or-nothing thinking.Govt is not all bad or all
good. There needs to be a balance.Unfortunately, the thinking
lately from some is to shut down the EPA and shut down the FDA.(but the
minute something IS shut down, they scream bloody murder)That would
work great if Corporations have not shown us time and time again that they will
do extremely unscrupulous things in the name of profit.That is
mostly why health care costs have skyrocketed.
Yes, the war In Iraq and melt down of the private banking sector prove that.
Yes, and government should not control liquor sales, marijuana sales and
gambling in Utah.
"One of his basic philosophies was that government, despite the misgivings
of his opponents, could solve problems and make life better for Americans.So much for that." Then you go on to talk about the website?
Really? Try talking to the millions who now can't be dropped
because of pre-existing conditions, or the millions who now will qualify for
Medicaid, or how about the hundreds of millions who won't immediately be
affected at all by the law but who's future could with one layoff include
all of the above. Enough of this it wasn't bi-partisan
nonsense. It was a Republican idea in the first place and Republicans still
objected to it. Then Mitch McConnell made the mistake of openly saying they
would stop everything Obama tried. In addition Republicans had killed health
care reform for 70 years. There was no way to have a bipartisan
bill because there was not an ounce of Republican support for health care
I predict that ACA will work well. The underlying principles are sound,
combining free market competition with strong public standards to prevent
inequities and unnecessary human suffering. Anyone who has seen the tragedy that
is the Primary Hospital ER knows that our former system was a major injustice.
Take a second and think what our society would look like without social
security, medicare and food stamps. If that's hard to imagine, travel
south to Mexico City and walk the slums. A civilized society needs goverment
for the betterment of all.
president Ronald Reagan’s “nine most terrifying words” seem to
resonate most: “I’m from the government and I’m here to
help.” Today the terrifying words have been downgraded even more to
"We are from the government and we are here to take over". It's hard to be a liberal these days. The entire premise of liberalism is
built on the sandy foundation of Obamacare - the grand socialist wealth
redistribution scam. The scam was sold on top of a Mount Everest pile of lies
and deceit starting with the way it first passed congress with democrats being
"bought off" with tax payer money and then never ever reading the bill
before passing it. "If you like your plan you can keep your plan" which
is the latest lie .. perhaps the worst of all. This is outright fraud. Now we
see Barack attempting to exempt his BIG union bosses from the law. Government in
America is destroying America - very simply put. It will have to come from the
good grass roots citizens to put a stop to this progressive melt down. Are there
To regard government as the problem is an easy out to avoid focusing on a
difficult issue. The ACA never would have been enacted had there not been the
lack of a comprehensive healthcare program in America. That was the problem.
Ok. The private sector contractors let us down and the Affordable Care Act
isn't all it was sold to us. More importantly however, is the republican
party's wholesale failure to work with the democrats to fix and improve the
Act, or alternatively to offer a rational alternative.
The DN editorial continually references FOX NEWS Entertainment.No
problem.The news arm of the Republican Party is dutifully echoed by
the news arm of the Republican Party in UTAH.Again...No problem."...president Ronald Reagan’s “nine most terrifying
words” seem to resonate most: “I’m from the government and
I’m here to help...”.In the spirit of
pro-republicanism...President Ronald Reagans' nine most
terrifying words...I'm a REPUBLICAN ICON and I'm here to
Government is not nearly as often the problem as it is portrayed to be,
including in these pages. It's easy, and indeed lazy, to simply disparage
government, and thereafter not have to participate in it or propose better
solutions. Our society isn't falling apart, we're tearing it apart.
The argument that "Republicans" are to blame is nonsense. Not one
Republican voted for ObamaCare. Not one! The argument that the
Federal Level of government should provide healthcare is also false. Personal
welfare is not on the list of authorized duties of the Federal Government. If
healthcare is offered, it would be a duty of the States or of the people. Even
the Supreme Court waltzed around that question by saying that ObamaCare is a tax
and that the Federal Government has the power to tax us. They have not ruled on
whether the ObamaCare tax is legal or not because it has not been implemented
and because lower courts must first rule before the Supreme Court (an appellate
court) can rule on the legallity of that tax.The argument that
without ObamaCare millions of Americans would be without healthcare is false.
ObamaCare has caused millions of Americans to LOSE their health insurance. It
has caused anyone not subsidized by public money to pay much more for less
coverage. ObamaCare was poorly conceived and poorly implemented.
No wonder the Democrats would like to blame the Republicans for Obama's
Amen to the title. Anything that government has sole responsibility for, they no
longer have to compete with private companies to do things more efficiently,
with higher quality, or more thriftiness. There is no thrift in government at
all: the annual federal budgets increase by as much as 10% each year no matter
the federal revenue. Budgets in the private sector do not work this way, and
why? Because they have to get people to buy their stuff and that means people
have to want to consume their services. They have to be competitive. They
can't just raise taxes to grow their budgets. They have more accountability
in their spending, because if they spend into the red, they're out of
business. Not so government. We're paying more for less benefit. If you want to argue that quality suffers in the private sector, you can make
the argument that you get what you pay for. There are plenty of government
regulations over private industry which may actually help increase safety and
quality of life for Americans, but there are many others that just increase the
cost of doing business without benefit.
In my lifetime I've seen instances where government was able to be the
solution to the problem, but honestly I've seen instances where government
WAS the problem. If you can't acknowledge that... there's no use
discussing it with people who think Government can do no wrong.Every
administration has made mistakes. And every government that's ever existed
has had problems. When you get the cult-like mentality like seems to surround
Barack Obama (and Progressives in general)... no improvement CAN even be
discussed, because they feel the need to defend government at all cost and shoot
down anybody who brings up anything even SLIGHTLY critical, or that could be
improved.Republicans did the same knee-jerk reaction when Bush was
president. It's not a PARTY thing... it's a PARTISAN thing.
Partisan cult-like devotion is the problem.I learned my lesson
during the Bush years. I only hope that young people who only started to
become politically aware during the Obama years can learn the same lesson before
they become totally brainwashed by the partisan coolaid, and become convinced
that government is the only solution to their problems.Government
can BE the problem.
The ideal of the United States of America is represented by a statue called the
Statue of Liberty. Not the Statue of Equality. When Democrats,
especially the liberal kind, get power, they concentrate on trying to use
government to bring about equality in America. The result, if allowed, would
ultimately bring about government forced equality, at the expense of liberty.
If government takes away 100% of a persons work product then they are a slave.
If it takes away 50%. They are enslaved to that government for half of their
life and work. The big question of the day is how much do we as citizens want
to be enslaved to our governments? Having no government would create anarchy,
but too much would create tyranny. Where do you draw the line? I say around 20
to 25 percent at most. We Americans should have a great majority of our lives
for our own use, and not that of government.
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