Thursday, September 3, 2009

Is the Republi-CON Doing Nothing Plan an Option?

UPDATE II: For more on the terrible suffering of government health care beneficiaries, read The New York Times, Health Care That Works.

We should not ignore the terrible injustice that beneficiaries of some government paid health care programs, such as Congressman, federal and state government employees, military retires, and the elderly, suffer. They should enjoy of the great benefits of the private sector health care (NOT) by canceling all government paid health care programs.

What do you think?

UPDATE: Is the Republi-con doing nothing option really just another name for the corporate health care industry plan to block health reform and continue to deny requests for expensive procedures and cancel policies for expensive disease? Read The New York Times, Health Care Fit for Animals.

Many people who oppose health care reform are beneficiaries of some government paid health care program, including Congressman, federal and state government employees, military retires, and the elderly. If there isn't reform that is fair and equitable, then end all government health care programs and give opponents what they claim to want, a pure market-based health care program for all.

Time to call the health care industry scare talk bluff.

In response to the "vile and stupid" things being said by the Republi-cons, on Friday's show we discussed several options to reform the health care system as outlined in The New York Times, The Swiss Menace.

Another suggestion is a voucher plan. Read The New York Times, Real Choice? It’s Off Limits in Health Bills.

Don't like these options, then what is your suggestion?

Is the Can at the End of the Road?

UPDATE: What good did the can kicking do? "Many scholars believe . . . that nations which suffer civil wars as large as Iraq's was between 2004 and 2006 have "a terrifyingly high rate of recidivism." Two more years of U.S. military presence cannot control whether that is in Iraq's future. Some people believe the war in Iraq was not only "won" but vindicated by the success of the 2007 U.S. troop surge. Yet as Iraqi violence is resurgent, the logic of triumphalism leads here:

If, in spite of contrary evidence, the U.S. surge permanently dampened sectarian violence, all U.S. forces can come home sooner than the end of 2011. If, however, the surge did not so succeed, U.S. forces must come home sooner."

Can't argue with the logic. Read the Washington Post, Time to Leave Iraq.

Instead of acknowledging the invasion was a mistake, Bush kicked the Iraq can down the road.

Now, under a Iraqi-American security agreement, American forces are scheduled to withdraw from Iraqi cities, towns and villages on June 30.

So is the can an the end of its journey, or just at the end of the beginning of a journey which ultimately will lead to a free and prosperous democracy in the Middle East?

After you read The New York Times, Iraq Struck by a Wave of Bombings, you may wonder.

After the all the blood and treasure, partition seems likely, and hardly worth the price.

In which case, instead of shoes, we should send Bush cans.