Tuesday's HOT MIC
I'm noticing on here -- and almost everywhere -- that everyone and his brother and sister are being blamed for the healthcare failure (by me as well!). Will heads roll? McConnell and Ryan? Possibly. And I'm no fan of either. But here's the bad news -- that will have NOTHING whatsoever to do with solving healthcare. REASON: There is no solution. Healthcare is the commodity everyone desperately wants and there never will be enough to go around under ANY system. For those who worship at the shrine of complete free market, riddle me this, oh riddler -- what do you do with the homeless person who has a coronary and is dragged into emergency? Treat him? If you're a Christian or a Jew, you do. The number of poor needing healthcare in our society is stratospheric. As a reminder, the unemployment number may be a complete fiction, but the labor participation rate isn't and it tells us that roughly a hundred million Americans are not even looking for work. How do they pay for their chemotherapy or whatever? Do we let them rot? Die an agonizing death? Of course not. We don't now. The taxpayer picks up the bill no matter how you slice it. And the taxpayer will continue to pay. That's why this whole healthcare debate is rife with dishonesty on all sides -- and terminally boring.