Monday, June 29, 2009

Financing Health Care the Easy Way

The Republicans' brilliant-as-usual argument against government involvement in health care, from Michael Barone:

"Democrats' plans to pass major health care legislation have been stymied, at least for the moment, by the Congressional Budget Office's cost estimates. To the consternation and apparent surprise of leading Democrats, the CBO scored Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus' latest offering at $1.6 trillion over 10 years...."

Or $160 billion a year- approximately the cost of the Iraq war. I don't remember the Republicans complaining about that expenditure. Remember how they refused to put Iraq war expenses in the budget, essentially claiming that the war cost nothing?

How about this suggestion: Obama will pay for a public option for health care, by promising not to invade any countries without cause for the duration of his term. If we could only get the Republicans to sign on to this pledge too, we could have universal health care for ever!

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