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A more substantive braindump - Elf M. Sternberg
A more substantive braindump
Normally, I just dump a lot of links of stuff I read in the morning, but this one deserves a second look: The Wall Street Journal tells us Why Obama's Health Plan is Better.

More importantly, Brad DeLong boils the article down to a series of very important talking points. Among them are:
  • The McCain plan includes a big tax increase on health coverage for employers and workers. With the economy in recession, that's the last thing America's businesses need.
  • The McCain tax hike will lead employers to drop coverage for over 20 million Americans.
  • What would happen to them? McCain will:
    • Give them a small tax credit covering a third of premium cost.
    • Tell them to navigate the individual insurance market on their own.
    • Those already sick are completely out of luck
    • Those who have not won a genetic lottery are completely out of luck
Obama's plan looks not unlike the plans of many other modern countries today, countries with longer lifespans, lower infant mortality rates, and lower overall rates of childhood poverty-related disease and disfigurment.

The Wonk Room brings us McCain's Economic Council, the people who inform John McCain that the economy is "fundamentally strong," a phrase McCain uttered again during what Greenspan, Bernanke, and Warren Buffet all agree is "the gravest financial crisis in our lifetime, possibly in this century." Among them are Phil Gramm, whose fanatical deregulatory regime led to the housing crisis and the current financial gridlock, and Rick Davis, whose lobbying efforts were aimed primarily at avoiding any oversight at all over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Look, I don't care if you don't like Obama. If you don't like him, Don't vote for him. Seriously.

But if you love your country, and if you want to keep your job, and if you want your kids to have health care, you cannot in good conscience vote for John McCain. To do so would be a moral outrage.

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ideaphile From: ideaphile Date: September 16th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

There's only one first-order effect here

Will the average person receive more health care, or less?

It's irrational to suppose that more government intervention will lead to greater efficiencies. That's simply never happened before.

If more health care is provided, we'll end up spending more money on it.

It won't matter where the money comes from; it'll come out of the economy one way or another, reducing the economic surplus available for reinvestment and growth.

It's grossly dishonest for the writers of that Journal piece-- which was an opinion piece, you goof, not an article, not an editorial; the lead writer works for Obama-- to say that families will pay lower healthcare premiums, because the overall cost of healthcare for most families will go up. It doesn't matter whether we call these costs "premiums" or "taxes."

If the Obama plan will provide more care than the McCain plan, it will also cost more. It has to.

I'm not drawing any conclusions about whether more health care is worth the cost or not. I can see both sides of the issue.

But there's no question that more care means more cost.

It's also grossly dishonest for those writers to compare health-care costs in the US directly against those of countries such as Canada and Switzerland. Many more people in the US are poor, socially disadvantaged, addicted to drugs, immigrants from countries where they received poor health care, etc., so their health-care costs are inherently higher while, simultaneously, their life expectancies and infant-mortality rates are worse in spite of everything we can do.

The Journal has to publish crap like this in order to maintain the appearance of political fairness, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to see through the lies and reach rational conclusions based on the facts.

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