“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Friday, July 10, 2009
Health Care Costs
Everyone agrees that health care challenges the US economy and the political process. I have a friend that convinced the VA his diabetes was caused by his tenure at Chu Lai and exposure to agent orange. My friend was an air traffic controller and is 100 lbs over weight. I don't begrudge him taking advantage of the system. He is not alone.
Watch some cable and you will see all sorts of "free" things to be had and paid for by medicare. Congress gets all sorts of free things, as do many others. Lawyers freely advertise that if you ever knew someone who knew someone else who worked around asbestos that you may be entitled to free things.
Do not get me wrong. Everyone should have some form of healthcare protection. Catastrophic care should be universal. Children, regardless of means, should have health care protection and have it available to them. All others should have health care and they should pay for it. How can that be done?
It will have to come down to some combination of tax, insurance and fees.
It is estimated the US spends one trillion dollars annually on health care for overweight Americans. That would point to a logical place to tax. The risk of being fat should be priced into health care costs.
What are your ideas?
Speaking of Chu Lai
Sorry about that:
And never forget your radiomen