Friday, September 4, 2009

False Choices

There are two fallacies in the debate over proposals currently on the table about health care reform. These fallacies keep the public from debating or even understanding the issues involved. For a republic to work, the voters need to be involved and educated, not just involved at high decibel rates.

1. The major problem with current discussions is that reform is proposed as an all or nothing deal, i.e., either adopt the administration approved changes or nothing.

2. The second problem is related in that people tend to see health care in sentimental terms like "we have to do this if we care for people, especially poor people and anyone who opposed must prefer rich doctors or evil insurance companies to my poor neighbor."

There are many ways to change our health care system without going the route of involving the government more than it is already. The government has run the Post Office, Social Security, and Medicare long enough to prove to all observers that it doesn't run things well. Not only have they created untold headaches because of the bureaucratic mazes they devise for unwary citizens, they're all going broke. Our health care is way too important to give them any more control over it. Let's look at all the possibilities of reform that target specific issues, not just give up and hand it over to Washington.

Although proponents of the Democrat version of health care reform pose as great humanitarians, they really do not have the welfare of the citizens foremost in their minds when voting of health care reform. If they were truly improving anything, they'd make certain that they were included in the program and not have one layer of benefits for Congressional Clowns and another layer for the rest of us. Any reform that is passed and signed into law must apply equally to all citizens! Anything less is tyranny.

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