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http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=481

Last week on Christmas Eve, after many backroom deals were made, the Senate passed the healthcare reform bill with a strictly partisan vote. I was pleased that my colleagues in the GOP are on the right side of this bill. Although this vote was a major step in healthcare reform becoming reality, they still have to reconcile the Senate bill with the House-passed version in conference committee. This could prove even more difficult and costly than the Senate vote.

There was a little bit of controversy surrounding one particular Senator who was initially against the bill, but then, coincidentally, a large amount of Medicare funding specifically for his state was tucked inside and he ended up voting for it. One wonders how much more of that will have to go on to achieve final passage.

But this is how politicians in Washington deal with problems: they throw your money at them. Healthcare reform is no different. The Senate version of the bill, at last count, will cost $871 billion. The House version tops $1 trillion. But they tell us this is for the health of Americans, and how dare we count the cost?

Such is the arrogance of politicians. There seems to be no end to the problems they feel capable and duty-bound to solve through legislative proclamation and plenty of your money. To hear them talk, one might think that a few words spoken on Capitol Hill would make problems just disappear. All it takes it good intentions.

But no good can come from 2400 pages of Washington’s good intentions.

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There was a little bit of controversy surrounding one particular Senator who was initially against the bill, but then, coincidentally, a large amount of Medicare funding specifically for his state was tucked inside and he ended up voting for it.

It seems this "large amount" is $45 million over 10 years:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/20/nelson-accused-selling-vote-health-nebraska-pay/

But this is how politicians in Washington deal with problems: they throw your money at them. Healthcare reform is no different. The Senate version of the bill, at last count, will cost $871 billion. The House version tops $1 trillion. But they tell us this is for the health of Americans, and how dare we count the cost?

I have heard a lot of arguments put forth by Dems (im assuming "they" are Dems) for HC reform, and this was not one of them.

Politicians cannot solve the problems created by ever-increasing intervention by exponentially increasing their intervention. Similarly, they cannot improve the quality of healthcare and expand access to it for all Americans simply by legislative decree. If only it were that simple! The reality is the free market, when allowed to function, naturally increases access and drives prices down through competition. The free market keeps service providers accountable by allowing people to take their business elsewhere.

Actually no, unregulated free market does not always increase competition and drives down prices (monopoly, collusion, etc). On the other hand, this legislative action is designed increase competition, improve quality, drive down costs, and expand access.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Politicians cannot solve the problems created by ever-increasing intervention by exponentially increasing their intervention. Similarly, they cannot improve the quality of healthcare and expand access to it for all Americans simply by legislative decree. If only it were that simple! The reality is the free market, when allowed to function, naturally increases access and drives prices down through competition. The free market keeps service providers accountable by allowing people to take their business elsewhere.

Actually no, unregulated free market does not always increase competition and drives down prices (monopoly, collusion, etc). On the other hand, this legislative action is designed increase competition, improve quality, drive down costs, and expand access.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

So you use examples that are not free market to try to explain the failings of the free market (Monopoly, collusion, etc).

What do you think of the collusion going on now in the House and Senate to set up a Government Monopoly on your healthcare? (If you don't think they are angling towards a government monopoly, then you are more naive than I thought)

What we have is legislative actions designed to eliminate private insurance (Decrease competition), lower what health professionals can be paid and lower the rewards to the companies that fund research so they can make a profit (decrease quality) drive down costs might be possible when you are "covering 30 million more people" by simply not allowing expensive treatments, 1970's technology is affordable for the entire population, modern technology (and future technologies) cost money - dead people don't cost anything.

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