Originally Posted by tonton
... He wants to cancel all of the regulations that are supposed to protect us from things like mining disasters, oil spills and corporate mismanagement that affects the national economy.
You mean the regulations that resulted in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, the BP oil spill disaster, corporate mismanagement at Enron, AIG, GM, Goldman, Lehmann... those regulations?
Isn't Ron Paul the guy who also wants to get rid of the Department of Education in America?
The DOE that's resulted in the US falling behind Finland, Korea, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, Iceland, New Zealand, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Sweden, Austria... 28th
in the world in math, 29th
in problem solving, 18th
in literacy... the same DOE that provided your education, perhaps?
The free market has worked for elective and cosmetic surgery.
These aren't the only areas of medical care for which the free market "works", it's just the most obvious example of a field not bound up by the demands of insurance companies. The free market "works" every time it's tried.
Free markets require
competition. Competition increases
efficiency and lowers
costs. Consumers love
competition. Businesses hate
competition. Despite Congress's Constitutional authority to "regulate commerce among the states", they deliberately chose to shut down debate requiring insurance companies to sell their products across state lines, reducing or eliminating competition for their products. Care to guess why?
Whenever government makes insurance compulsory, costs increase. Obamacare makes insurance compulsory. Conclusion...?
as a first world nation, we DEFINITELY deserve cheaper medical care as EVERY OTHER FIRST-WORLD NATION ALREADY HAS
Obama intends to make the US a third world nation. Problem solved.
Humor aside, nice sentiment, but demands won't make it so.
Like a man, a country doesn't get what it "deserves". It gets what it can effectively implement by inspiring the people who comprise the nation to solve the problems they're facing, for everyone's mutual benefit. Centralized top-down control has failed to do so for eons. This experiment will fail, as predictably as those that have failed before us.
A government cannot
make medical care cheaper by fiat, just as it cannot
make itself more prosperous by printing money. As for its other tasks, the DOE has failed
to implement quality education, burdensome regulations have failed
to prevent cataclysmic economic collapse, Homeland Security has failed
to prevent terrorist attacks, the EPA has failed
to prevent environmental disasters, and a central bank charged with stimulating economic growth while preventing boom/bust cycles has utterly failed
to do so.
Get rid of them. All of them.