The Healthcare Debate: I Am At a Loss

Written by Scott

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One of the arguments that has come up in the healthcare debate is this: “well, it’s better than nothing”.

For the life of me, I cannot understand the logic in this AT ALL.

Let’s say you run out of gas and are on the side of the freeway. I stop to help, you tell me you are out of gas, and in my deep concern I give you what appears to be a gas can, but has water…or kerosene…or brake fluid…or molasses in it. Is THAT really better than nothing? Will you dump it into your gas tank without even considering the effects?

If the proposed solution does not fit or address the problem, how in the world is it better than nothing?

Moreover: if so many of the people, including our supposed representatives, have not bothered to read the actual bill up for vote, why is there even a debate at all? If the President, in his “bully pulpit” or town hall meetings talks about details, platitudes, or promises that are not in the bill, then the talk of wonderful things that it COULD contain, or even SHOULD contain, don’t matter one single iota.

  • "If the proposed solution does not fit or address the problem, how in the world is it better than nothing?"I agree. I have lost track of the problem they are trying to solve. Is it that people are not getting health care? The health care system we have doesn't work? People don't have health insurance? Medicare is going broke in 2017? The health insurance industry needs more regulation? Or, we need to find a crafty way to raise taxes other than just raising taxes?I don't know what Mr. Obama is talking about anymore.

  • Good point [smile].I think supporters would argue that they may not be giving you a full tank of gas, but they hope that the gallon of gas they give will get you to the next gas station. Similarly: Sure, this isn't going to fix everything, but it will help us get to the next step that will… at least, that's my impression. ~Luke

  • I agree with you, it just doesn't make sense. I just want supporters of this bill to answer one question, "Name one thing the government does better and more efficiently than the private sector. Just one, name it." Of course taking our money is not a choice, that is just a given.

  • Name one thing the government does better and more efficiently than the private sectorDefense.