Thursday, February 25, 2010

Andrei Gosh

From the Times
You may not have noticed, but today is a very important day for US politics, world economic prospects and even for the global balance of power between Western democracy and benign dictatorship along Chinese lines. Why? Because today marks either the beginning of the end of Barack Obama’ presidency, or the end of the beginning.
I didn't realize we were on the cusp of history today and what is so important that the future of Western civilization stands or falls upon do you suppose?

The US Health care system apparently. Reading on
If nothing is done to change the US healthcare system, it can be stated with mathematical certainty that the US Government and many leading US companies will be driven into bankruptcy, a fate that befell General Motors and Chrysler largely because of their inability to meet retired workers’ contractually guaranteed medical costs.
The odd thing is in the same issue of the Times is a story about a NHS Hospital, the headline reads: Stafford Hospital caused ‘unimaginable suffering’. And cynic that I am, I immediately ask is this the system the writer would impose on the USA and is the British economy flourishing as a result of having such a system?

Hmmmmm

3 comment(s):

malcolm said...

You're creating a false dilemma, Andrei. Observing that the US health system is unsustainable for some individuals and companies, is not the same as advocating the NHS. There are more than two options.

Watch out for false dilemmas - they're very common. Pascal's Wager is a good one.

Andrei said...

Gee Malcolm you don't think that that article is a little over the top?

Reality, the USA provides the best medical care of anywhere in the World, indeed the Premier of Newfoundland is in hot water in Canada for choosing to go to the USA for surgery right now.

Trouble is of course providing that level of care is expensive, far too expensive for everybody to be able to receive - thus the solution in typical left wing fashion is to degrade it for everybody.

KG said...

"..a fate that befell General Motors and Chrysler largely because of their inability to meet retired workers’ contractually guaranteed medical costs."

Which is only partly true and only a part of the story.
No mention, of course that the unions finally killed that goose with their outrageous demands, while lining union exec's pockets to the tune of millions...

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