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Government Should (And Can) Be Better Than This

December 29, 2011

Chris Rickert writes the best newspaper read this morning.

To summarize: In order to cut eligibility and move people off state- and federally funded health insurance programs for the poor to help close a state budget gap, the state must get a waiver from the federal government, which despite being massively indebted is providing the state’s residents with a $23.5 million health-related grant, but the money can’t be used to address the state’s greatest health need: coverage to the poor.

This is not to suggest the federal government shouldn’t have a role in health care. I’ve long believed in chucking the faltering, full-of-holes employer-based health insurance system and making all Americans eligible for an existing federal health insurance program. Make it universal and single-payer, in other words.

Would it be perfect? Of course not. But it would be better than what we’ve got — and far more moral.

4 Comments
  1. Patrick permalink
    December 31, 2011 3:09 PM

    When reading the consitution, it is quite obvious that virtue is an attribute of the individual and not of government. The goal of the constitution is to limit the power of government and to define how power is exercised within and by a government. The consitution does not define virtue, except in that it empowers government with the responsibility to remove barriers to the exercise of individual freedoms.

  2. December 31, 2011 1:26 PM

    Craig,

    Your question regarding the Wisconsin Constitution has no more bearing than does the requirement Wisconsin issues for the placement of guard-rails on public roads.

    You might also venture back and ponder the role virtue played in the creation of the U.S. Constitution since many conservatives have misplaced their history books. I tend to think most have never read them.

  3. Craig permalink
    December 31, 2011 9:46 AM

    Show me in the Wisconsin State Constitution where it says the state has to pay for Family Care in the first place. How did that get into this document? Liberals? Yep.!

    skip.

  4. Solly permalink
    December 29, 2011 10:42 PM

    Breaking news……………while Scott Wanker was posing for holy pictures saying he was going to lift his self-imposed cap on Family Care enrollments, he forgot to mention he was required to do this by the federal government in a letter two weeks ago, not out of the goodness of his heart.

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