Health Care Reform Myths: Public Option Will Put Private Options Out Of Business.


Fed Ex and UPS are more profitable than the US Postal Service, which is a publically run (socialist!) business.

The phrase we don’t use when talking about a “public option” should be “a multi-tiered” delivery industry. If you can’t afford FedEx, you have to go to a USPS office (hopefully it wasn’t one of the 1100 shuttering their doors). Of course, using the USPS is surely a lot better than delivering a package yourself.

But here’s the rub. Nobody in America will tolerate multiple levels of care quality. We will gladly embrace multiple levels of price, then, of course, expect the same level of care. And doctors will deliver the same level of care due to defensive medicine and ingrained physician cultural behaviors. And this means, the same cost of care. If the cost of care is the same, what methods are this “public option” embracing to save money? Aka…what are they doing to control the costs of care amongst physicians who accept this kind of insurance?

They will decrease pay for services to the physicians who accept payments from this public plan. Physicians aren’t dumb. They want at least a salary that rises with inflation. They’ll simply stop accepting payments from this plan and accept only private insurance.

So…you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Have you ever seen a planned community? They never work. Architecting from the top down always creates a sterile, artificial feeling that works for nobody:

via Daily Meh:

California’s third largest city has a population of 12,600.

The picture above is from Google Maps, and shows the reason for this claim:

To appreciate its size, you have to get into an airplane.

Below, near the center of the city, lies a massive grid of highways, streets, cul-de-sacs and driveways in mile after mile of ordered rows. Everything in the 30-year-old grid is laid out in right angles: The cul-de-sacs connect to streets which, in turn, feed into highways at regular intervals.

But the grid is a skeleton.

Out here there are no houses, no cars, no fenced-in yards, no barbecues.

The future never came to California City.

The grid you see above is a ghost town. There are streets, but nothing on them. The real California City lies to the west of the grid. It was all dreamt up by a crazy dreamer who in the 1950s imagined a city the size of Los Angeles. This article from 1990 explains how it came to be. I love dreamers, even if I don’t love the fishy tactics this particular dreamer used to attract real estate sales.