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Some Reasonable Thoughts
August 8, 2009, 8:35 am
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The New York Times Opinionator column has a long and edifying post, complete with videoclips about the townhall and healthcare kerfuffle. Aside from the public theatre, which I think might be healthy, you occasionally get someone who has more reasoned thoughts like commenter David D.

The basic fact is that everybody wants to live, nobody wants to pay. Rationing is a fact of life. Health care reform is simply a matter of trying to change people who are currently in charge with a different group of people. Those who are being replaced will fight against change, those who stand to benefit from such change will also try hard to make it happen.
Insurance companies are currently in charge, so they don’t want change. Lawyers are also benefiting from the current health care system, so they want to keep it as is. Specialists who make a lot of money don’t want change. Most primary care doctors bear the brunt of the work, so they want change. Most patients who understand that they are one illness away from bankruptcy want change.

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