Our money-based health care system is world's costliest
Re: "Oklahoma takes center stage in Obamacare fight," March 7
In response to Philip Klein practically gloating at the prospect of Oklahoma having discovered a legal technicality that might overturn Obamacare, I offer this perspective:
Every modern nation in the world except one created its health care system by first asking one question: How do we insure all of our citizens? Only then did they ask themselves a second question: How do we pay for it?
Virtually all of these countries eventually chose a form of universal coverage that involved the government playing a major role in providing health care insurance, as this proved to be both the most viable and financially efficient way to achieve medical coverage for all.
Of course, the one modern nation that didn't do things this way was the United States. We skipped the first question and went straight to the second because in this allegedly Judeo-Christian nation, we worship first and foremost at the altar of money.
For the rest of the world, universal coverage is a moral imperative.For us, it's a financial consideration we think we can't afford.The irony is that by practically every measure, we have the least efficient yet most expensive health care system in the universe.
McDonnell should sign photo ID bill
We have been given a unique opportunity to help stop voter fraud in Virginia. Sitting on Gov. Bob McDonnell's desk is legislation that requires voters to prove their identity with a photo ID.
We often hear the argument that voter fraud is not a problem because there are no prosecutions. I wish this were true, but it is not. Since 2008, there have been 38 prosecutions in the commonwealth alone. You can't tell me that the losing candidates in local races where the winner was declared by as few as 15 to 20 votes think this is inconsequential.
Another common misconception is that requiring photo IDs is an attempt to suppress the vote in minority communities. However, the data prove the opposite.
For example, minority participation in Georgia elections "substantially increased" since that state required voters to present a photo ID in 2007 because the law gave minorities renewed confidence in the integrity of the electoral process.
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Romney came closest to truth about spending
No one -- not President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner or the media (including The Examiner) -- dares to say that the emperor has no clothes.The closest anyone came was Republican candidate Mitt Romney's remark about the 47 percent who don't have to pay income taxes. This was regarded as impolitic by a broad spectrum of the public and the punditry.
The fundamental problem with the sequester is that the Americans want more services than they are willing to pay for. Democrats and Republicans vie for who can provide the most services and tax cuts while sticking today's children and those yet unborn with the bill because they can't yet vote.
Every dollar in the budget and tax code has a constituency whose votes will flip over eliminating it.Even Saturday mail delivery, which two-thirds of the public is willing to give up, has a constituency of mass mailers and postal workers whose votes neither party can afford to lose in such a closely divided polity.So Congress can only do this mindless sequester, which cuts everything equally and kicks the can to the bureaucracy to figure out how to implement it.
The sole solution to the sequester is for President Obama and the Democrats to offer a balanced-budget amendment that would take effect seven years after ratification in exchange for allowing the current orgy of fiscal legerdemain to continue a little longer.