Outstanding! Isn't it interesting how much the health care industry fears Single Payer. And also those in Congress who claim "competition" in the marketplace will cure most economic ills, but do not really want competition that is too vigorous.
As I have noted previously, government bashing is a self fulfilling prophecy. Starve government of finances (even MANDATED responsibilities) -- then go on to describe how ineffective government programs are.
Pawlenty has been a master at that technique, and his actions will likely not emerge till he has left office and is running as a presidential candidate in 2012 -- promising America he will NEVER raise a tax!
As a long time member of AARP (I am 76 years old), these are refreshing words from AARP because it has morphed from a valued lobbying group for older folks into essentially a peddler for insurance. In that regard, I did note that missing among the possible "choice of health plans" listed was a single payer option. But then, AARP's health insurance partner, United Health, would not be happy to see this displayed.
Though my legal background is zilch, Prof Schultz's arguments are persuasive and logical. My own view is that if challenged, the odds are great that unallotments as practiced in this situation are in clear violation of the constitutional separation of powers; and if Pawlenty's cuts are draconian, I would like to see the DFL challenge them in court.
Well said. What is often lost in this debate about health care reform is the fact that as America declines internationally, in virtually every health category, so too do we weaken ourselves both literally and figuratively. As Dr. Belzer points out, this is not only an ethical issue, it to also goes straight to the vigor, vibrance, and physical robustness of our society.
Re comments above...I'll tell you what the problem here is. When there is a divided government politically, as there is now, the better solution would be a special session to RESOLVE such differences, just as there has been throughout the history of our state. They are not fun, they can be acrimonious, there is a cost -- but the out come for the citizens is better than a unilateral grabbing of funding by an authoritarian governor.
This then not only results in a bi-partisan solution,...
After 45 years in the ad agency business, I have surely learned there is a signficant difference between WHAT you say and HOW you say it. Pawlenty has been a master at this. His boyish friendly look and calm demeanor effectively hide WHAT he believes in and his true political philosphy. And that would be that he is a hard right conservative (especially on fiscal issues) and tied to the hip with the ultra conservative Taxpayers' League (for a time he was on the front page of their website as...