One reason I am leery of anything comprising heavy government involvement is exemplified by Medicaid. You see, it is a joint program funded by both the federal government and the states. Here's where the problem comes in. Wealthy states budget more than poor states yet poor states tend to have the people most in need. You'd think the feds would help the poor states by giving them a larger piece of the federal pie, but no. The more money the states budgets, the higher the federal piece. Sounds like governmental logic, doesn't it?
I'm not going to begin to get into why more poor aren't enrolled. They either are unaware of it or won't pay the premium which, purposely, is rock bottom cheap. It's so much easier to go to the emergency room and stick the rest of us with the bill.
Now. We know part of the fight is over the cost of this health care overhaul. Those planning this bill have come up with a way to trim $100 billion from the $1 trillion price tag. According to the Wall Street Journal,
The cuts would be achieved in part by asking states to share in a planned expansion of Medicaid, which offers health insurance for the poor, and by requiring low-income people to pay higher premiums to purchase insurance.What is it about "poor" they don't understand?
In the very same issue of the Journal is this article, Pinched States Wrestle With More Cuts. We already know what's happening in California because it's getting the press. Let's look at a few others in trouble. Pennsylvania may stop paying state workers. Any bets how many will go to the office?
Arizona is considering selling it's House and Senate buildings. They could turn them into housing for the homeless! The shortfalls are staggering and getting worse. How are they supposed to step up Medicaid programs? They can't fund anything!
Liberal talk has been taking great glee in the fact the Republicans are in total disarray. They have no leadership other than want-to-be's like Sarah Palin or mouths that roar like Rush Limbaugh. That may be true.
What's worse, however, is the Democrats not recognizing the reality of the situation they want to blithely "fix" without so much as reading a written word! I don't see leadership there either. I foresee chaos.
The Democrats are the party of big government. You are witness to how well it's working and don't even start with the "he's only been in office six months" mantra.
The truth. The country is a mess. Another truth. The bigger the government involvement, the bigger the mess. Just think about Congress as a whole. How many of them are career politicians? How many of them have a clue about business management? They read so little before passing legislation only we have to adhere to, I wonder if they can read.
Too bad it doesn't equate with talking!