Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Why, Again, The Drop?

Much is being made of Obama's drop in the polls, attributing it in part to the the health care reform plan and concern over cost. Even Democrats loyal to Obama, it is being said, are concerned about how to pay for this reform bill.

I haven't seen anywhere a concern that Democrats loyal to Obama, such as this one, are upset that this "health care reform bill" increases the costs of delivery without even slightly reforming health care.

And to pundits who use Medicare as an example of socialized medicine:

Socialism: n. Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.

I pay money from my income into a trust fund for forty years and receive nothing in return. At age sixty five I begin drawing on that money to receive medical care provided by privately owned hospitals and doctors in private practice. Where, precisely, is the communal ownership in that?

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