The View From 1776

Obamacare Considered As Dispassionately As Possible

Will it really reduce costs of medical care?  Is it, instead, pie-in-the-sky? 

If it really will reduce costs, why has Massachusetts’s similar program led to punishing cost increases? According to a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece (The Failure of RomneyCare, March 16, 2010):

One third of state residents polled by Harvard researchers in a study published in “Health Affairs” in 2008 said that their health costs had gone up as a result of the 2006 reforms. A typical family of four today faces total annual health costs of nearly $13,788, the highest in the country. Per capita spending is 27% higher than the national average.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/09 at 08:08 PM
  1. FACE IT, TOM

    Sooner or later we will have to face it.

    What have I done with the light that I've been given?

    "For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away."
    Matthew 25:14-15

    Who, but God, can measure what we're accomplishing with our "talent"?

    But consider:

    Our "talent" is God's unspeakable love, which he has showered upon us.

    What are we doing with this love?

    Are we sharing it generously?

    Are we spreading it around?

    Or have we locked it away as our own private possession---our "assurance of salvation"?

    Salvation is not a ticket to heaven, which we keep in our safety-deposit box until the Angel of Death comes calling.

    Salvation is a life lived in the love of God.

    Salvation is divine generosity ruling our daily life.

    Salvation is letting our light so shine before men that they may see God's love for them in the way we live.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/12  at  09:48 AM
  2. Why can other countries do this, for decades, and we're stumped? Kennedy asked this question about universal health care, and why England could do it an we couldn't, back in the early 1960's. And half a century later we still avoid doing it because, whine, complain, sigh, it's too hard.
    Posted by andrew cort  on  08/12  at  05:38 PM
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