Originally Posted by BR
So one huge piece of the pie didn't get us into the situation but a different huge piece of the pie did. You are attributing the problem to something you are against--government involvement in social services. I say cut the military A LOT, raise taxes to Clinton levels or higher, and get medical costs under control by removing the for-profit insurance middlemen.
I am saying the 80% got us into the situation. Last time I checked, 80% was greater than 20%. I am also saying that even if we ended ALL military spending, it wouldn't even touch our deficit. Some cuts are needed there, but it's the not the primary problem you've made it out to be.
Raising taxes: The line "make taxes what they were under Clinton" is getting a lot of play in liberal circles these day. It's great rhetoric, because the economy was strong from 1996-1999. If I'm attributing the problem to something I'm against, then you're attributing a good economy to the Clinton rates. That, of course, makes no sense. Higher taxes do no create growth under any circumstances. Growth happens in spite
of higher rates.
And let me get this straight: Your position is that getting rid of for profit insurance companies would REDUCE costs? Why, because the government will run it? To follow, when has the government ever run ANYTHING efficiently?
Your position is clear: Medical care and insurance is so expensive because of big, bad insurance companies. But that's not true, either. Medical care and insurance is expensive because:
1) We expect insurance to cover everything. This is the only area where we expect this. If we expected the same for our car and house insurance, the policies would cover gas,car washes, home power bills and a new, shiny gas grill once every two years.
2) People don't care what healthcare costs are, because they don't pay them if they have insurance. Mr. Insurance Company pays for everything, or nearly everything. The patient could care less if the operation costs $1,000 or $50,000. This causes costs to explode.