If you want to know just how much trouble this country is in, check out this handy dandy tool. It lets you compare the health care plans of all the presidential candidates—even the ones you keep forgetting about, like Christopher “Who?” Dodd, and Tom “EVERYTHING is the immigrants’ fault” Tancredo.
Politicos never seem to call me for advice, but I’ll offer some anyway. These people are clearly desperate.
Tips for Republicans
- Stating your intention to use “market solutions” to “increase competition” among providers does NOT constitute a “plan.”
- Offering to allow medical expenses to be deducted from one’s taxes does NOT help uninsured poor people who don’t earn enough to pay taxes.
- Confidential to Fred Thompson, who says we should:
Modernize delivery and administration of care by encouraging widespread use of clinical best practices
If we are not currently “encouraging widespread use of clinical best practices,” somebody needs to be fired.
Tips for Democrats
- Having the government require individuals to obtain medical insurance gives everyone the heebie jeebies. Let me translate that into tax-payer-speak for you:
We are going to make a new law to control your life further. We are going to jack up your taxes to partially pay for it. We are going to put the remaining funding burden on the states. Your state will jack your taxes up more to cover their portion. You’re welcome.
- Confidential to Dennis Kucinich, who wants to:
Replace existing public and private health insurance plans with a new universal public plan under which all Americans would be covered. Benefits would be comprehensive, including dental, mental health and vision services, and long-term care, and no deductibles or other cost sharing would be imposed. Only public or not-for-profit providers of care would be allowed to participate in the single-payer plan.
Hand medical practice entirely over to the government? OUR government? Are you out of your idealistic impractical mind?
Best eat your veggies and get some exercise, friends. This is no time to be sick.