Thursday, December 17, 2009

Government will go bankrupt! I’ll guarantee it!

Charlie Gibson with the President discussing health care.Gibson Obama

On the proposed health care bill, the President said: 

“If we don't pass it, here's the guarantee….your premiums will go up, your employers are going to load up more costs on you…potentially they're going to drop your coverage, because they just can't afford an increase of 25 percent, 30 percent in terms of the costs of providing health care to employees each and every year.

“Medicare and Medicaid are on an unsustainable trajectory and if there is no action taken to bring them down, the federal government will go bankrupt.”

Mr. President.  If you DO pass it, here’s the guarantee.  The cost of medical treatment will go up for most of us, the quality of medical treatment will go down for most of us, government will become responsible for more of our lives, we will all be on an unsustainable path of expecting government to do more than it is capable of doing for us, and the federal government will go bankrupt.

On the President’s sales pitch, I say:

Mr. President.  Instead of all the lies and hyperbole about none of us losing existing coverage and promising more people will be covered for less money, why don’t you just tell the truth?  Costs are increasing and if we want the same level of coverage we have now, we’ll have to pay for it.  But haven’t we all known that for the past several decades?  Hey, the price of a gallon of gas was 23 cents in 1955 and is now $2.80.

So, what’s missing from your sales pitch?  Oh, you want the government to pay for the coverage for the 30 million who are now without coverage?  OK.  And that keeps the government from going broke – how?  Do you seriously believe that the government will ever adequately fund that new responsibility?  Every four years there will be a new tax payer revolt that will gut the program of funds.  That is what has happened to Medicare.  Our representatives don’t even have the fortitude to adequately fund that program.  And instead, you use the pending bankruptcy of that program – and of our nation – as a scare tactic to promote even more government intrusion and irresponsibility.  

News flash!  If the government insists on spending more than the taxpayers want to pay, the government will eventually go bankrupt.  To be a responsible president, wouldn't it be better to promote the idea of paying for services we receive?  The majority of us are concerned with our unsustainable debt right now.  Try really hard not to use illogical arguments to get us to spend more money than we have. 

If you want the “have nots” to have health coverage, donate to a church or mosque*, or hospital  or other non-profit organization that provides assistance.  Don’t force our government to do things it was never intended to do and that which will further erode the motivation for individual initiative.


*More likely than not, donating to a mosque will contribute to terror networks, equipping people to blow themselves up.  While this is certain to reduce the health care costs for some (those who blow themselves up), there are others who will need costly medical assistance.  Consequently, the health care “cost/benefit” ratio does not warrant contributions to this entity.  For this reason and despite the President’s predisposition to do so, I would advise him not to donate to mosques but instead to donate to entities where his health care dollars are likely to go further.

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