Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Debate #3: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Health Care

Ouch. The first Bush stumble is on health care. That's not healthy. He's having to pause and think, somewhat as in the first debate (though not nearly as painful). I've said it before, and I'll say it again - importing cheap drugs from Canada is an illusory solution. It's like the Populist drive to move from a gold to silver standard; it's a magic bullet, which no one can explain the actual working mechanism thereof. MEGO, as ever, on copays and HMOs and the like. "Aw, never mind?" Where was Bush going with that, anyway? I don't quite understand how Kerry plans to give everyone Blue Cross/Blue Shield coverage if it's not government-administrated. Isn't that a private consortium of insurers? Would not compelling them to sell coverage at a flat rate to every American amount to nationalizing it? I don't get it.

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