Well Said

Wisdom rather than compromise. I like that.I respectfully disagree on universal care, as other countries do it well, at much less cost than we have in America, and they do it with innovation and competition to make it work well. I don’t agree that simply because the government is involved it limits competition or the market.
And I would say that much of what is broken in our current system is because it is controlled by moneyed interests with no competition. I mean, why on earth is the health care industry the only one exempt from antitrust laws? (The House did vote to finally end it last year, but the senate blocked it from happening). So yes, real competition would be good, and it won’t happen with for profit health insurance companies with CEOs taking home hundreds of millions of dollars a year for denying coverage to their subscribers.
I suggest reading Health Care America by TR Reid to see how universal care works around the world. France I think is a wonderful example. Or see this great column by my doctor about how health care works in France:
http://www.wholehealthchicago.com/4228/la-vie-francaise/

Paul Begala has a great column supporting government in the new issue of Newsweek:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/09/11/paul-begala-why-now-is-the-time-to-defend-big-government.html
I say, Amen.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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