6 thoughts on “What’s the Diff?

  1. The Answer “People like things to stay the same” if they are working for them.

    The real issue here: public healthcare like public education limits competition. The issues we have with public education today would start to mirror themselves in the healthcare sector. Lack of innovation in the classroom = lack of innovative medical devices. Lack of individual attention = lack of individual medical attention. In the end, only the truly rich would be able to afford the most worthwhile and greatest medical advancements (just as the rich kids go to private school).

    This is not to say we don’t have flaw right now… and I am in favor of changing the system… but I would only endorse a plan that allows for competition between providers, as this is the most effective tool for advancement. For instance in Denmark, the goverment provides education assitance, but parents get to choose where their kids go to school. Enabling competition, while providing assitance.

  2. To the degree that this is the case, I think it’s largely because “public” does not mean the same thing as “public.”

    With “public” education there is still a large, though continually decreasing (and often, therefore, bemoaned) degree of local control. My trust of “public” education is partially dependent on my personal relationships with teachers, administrators, and school board people.

    Most models of “public” health care seem to imply control from the top down, the top in this case, being federal bureaucrats in DC. Will I ever be in a place where I will be anything more than a client seeking patronage from experts or my social betters?

    But then I might be atypical. I am not an unqualified fan of “public” education. I do what I can to support it and make it better. My wife and I have both volunteered in the schools for years. But we’re also firm believers that one size/option doesn’t fit all. For most families today it is a great sacrifice to choose anything other than public education for their children.

    In general, my main negative perception of public education is that they aim too low. “Let’s get the kids to pass the TAKS test.” Sure – but that’s a MINIMUM standard, not a maximum.

    In the same way, some might fear that by make health care entirely public (and I think once a significant portion of health care goes public, the cost differential will crowd out non-public – i.e., non-governmental [which is NOT the only meaning of public, though it has been pretty much reduced to that of late] – health care even more than public schooling crowds out other options), the minimum standards will be adopted. Anything more is too expensive, after all.

  3. Or socialized roads, book depositories, police and fire protection, government officials (judges, governors, etc.) Social Security

    Lets face it, we like “public” things as long as we are unaware that they are “publicly” funded. As soon as that becomes center stage, it cuts into our American “rugged individualism” and thus becomes a “communist”, “socialist”, “evil” thing.

    Just tell everyone the public healthcare system will not be publically funded but rather “sponsored by people who have hearts and the letter ‘S'”.

  4. Speaking of the letter “S” (which I interpreted as a reference to “Superman” – but then I am 52 and anything but “hip”) . . . I sure hope and pray that “public health reform” does not become President Obama’s “kryptonite.”

  5. It seems that the Truth might be President Obama’s kryptonite, Rick. Although be sure and report me as ‘fishy’ if I say something that is in disagreement with Obama on health care.
    Jason walks us down the necessary road. We are now in a place where the federal government has taken us to a place so far from their rightful authourity granted via The Constitution that people are beginning to balk. If one was to read the First Article of the Constitution one would find that the Congress has no authourity to pass legislation dealing either with education or health care. These are matters that according to the 10th Amendment are given to individual states are they are not expressedly given to the US Congress.
    What we have had is a remaking and reshaping of the US Constitution by FDR and his court in the 1930s and 40s. Nationalised education is illegal. Nationalised healthcare (which we also already have as the US federal government pays over 50% of health care dollars spent in the US) are illegal.
    The best thing to ‘fix’ or ‘reform’ the current system is to abolish the illegal programs of medicare and medicaid. This would have a tremendous impact on both lowering the tax burden on the people and reducing federal government expeditures.

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