Monday, August 25, 2008

Capital Homesteading and the Health Care Crisis

As a change from the usual McCain/Obama commentary, we'll have a little less usual McCain/Obama commentary. While the issues have been swept aside as critical matters such as the number of houses Senator McCain might own or Obama's celebrity status take center stage, the growing level of poverty and the number of Americans without adequate health insurance — or any health insurance at all — are still of interest to a few people. As the Wall Street Journal notes ("New Insurance, Poverty Data to Play in Races," WSJ, 08/25/08, A2),
This fact [i.e., more Americans without insurance] will give both candidates a springboard to tout their very different health-care plans. Among other things, Sen. John McCain would change the tax treatment of health insurance to help people even if they don't get insurance from their employer.

One of Sen. Barack Obama's solutions would be to set up a government-organized insurance marketplace in which private companies would compete with a medicare-like plan.
  • The fact is, the number of Americans without health insurance is growing.
  • The fact is, the gap between the poorest and the wealthy is increasing.
  • The fact is, Social Security and Medicare are a ticking time bomb.
  • The fact is, people can't afford either of the so-called health plans.
  • The fact is, . . .
Face it. The fact is that neither of the presidential candidates has a clue about what to do about this and other real problems (as opposed to arguing about whether Paris Hilton is a genius at political strategy or a ditz who parrots the liberal line perfectly).

The only real solution is to implement Capital Homesteading at the earliest possible date, and start the program detailed in CESJ's "Doctors' Plan for Universal Health Care Coverage."

That is, if they're serious, instead of intent on playing politics "as usual."

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