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No Single Payer, just a government option without any competition

UPDATE- The President is not in favor of a single payer system and if he was, he believes the insurance companies would be able to compete with a government option that does not have to show a profit and can utilize taxpayer funds as needed.  If you don’t believe me, believe your lying eyes.

Scott Johnson at Powerline:

Private insurers should have no problem competing with a government plan, Obama said. “They do it all the time,” according to Obama. “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine…. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.”

What an argument. While the President sells citizens on his “post office” health care plan, the Heritage Foundation offers a few questions to consider:

1.)  The U.S. Post Office is the only entity allowed by federal law to deliver first class mail to your mailbox. In fact, Fedex and UPS are strictly prohibited from delivering “non-urgent” letters. If the government can fairly compete and is setting fair rules, wouldn’t the post office be open to competition at your mailbox?

2.)  If Americans were offered “free” postage paid for by massive government spending and tax hikes, would Fedex and UPS still exist?

3.)  The Post Office is on track to lose a staggering $7 billion this year alone. How will a government-run health care plan manage taxpayer resources more efficiently?

4.)  Postmaster General John Potter says he lacks the “tools” necessary to run the Post Office effectively like a business.  Would a government-run health care system have the tools it needs to run as effectively as the private sector entities it is replacing?

5.) On the one hand, the President remarks how great his public health care plan will be. On the other hand, he notes it won’t be good enough to crowd out your private insurance, i.e. the Post Office comparison. So which is it Mr. President? Will it be so great that private insurance disappears or so awful that it isn’t worth creating in the first place?

6.)  But the most important question is this: if you have an urgent piece of mail you need delivered, life or death, who are you going to call? Everyone saying the government…please raise your hands. (crickets)

So all those in favor of single-payer head to your nearest Post Office for your H1M1 vaccine.


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Congressional spending rises ten-fold (& that’s just on travel)

The WSJ has an article today,”Congress’s Travel Tab Swells”, on the rise in taxpayer-funded codels taken by lawmakers.  The whole article is worth reading if only for the section on the Galapagos Islands.  Nobody should be surprised that there is an increase in anything to do with spending money but here are the key points:

The spending on overseas travel is up almost tenfold since 1995, and has nearly tripled since 2001, according to the Journal analysis of 60,000 travel records. Hundreds of lawmakers traveled overseas in 2008 at a cost of about $13 million. That’s a 50% jump since Democrats took control of Congress two years ago. (emphasis mine)

The cost of so-called congressional delegations, known among lawmakers as “codels,” has risen nearly 70% since 2005, when an influence-peddling scandal led to a ban on travel funded by lobbyists, according to the data.

The increase is by no means unique to the Democratic party as evidenced by the image of Alabama Governor Bob Riley and Senator Richard Shelby chatting it up at the Paris Air Show before the Senator took a cruise on the River Seine with defense-industry executives and other elected officials.

In October, Rep. Bud Cramer (D- AL) spent two weeks in Europe on government business. Reports show that Mr. Cramer spent $5,700 on hotels, meals and incidentals. Mr. Cramer wasn’t running for re-election and left office just two months later.

“Knowing that I was leaving with my 18 years of seniority, I wanted to screw the taxpayers over one last time conclude some issues that I was working on,” Mr. Cramer said. He now works for a lobbying firm in Washington.

John at Power Line had this to add—

Not all overseas travel is in the “junket” category, of course. But even when Congressmen piously tell us they’re checking out war zones, there may be more to the story:

Often, lawmakers combine trips to war zones with visits to more tranquil spots. In February, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a delegation of Democratic lawmakers to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan for a day. Before landing in Kabul, the eight lawmakers and their entourage of spouses and aides spent eight days in Italy, spending $57,697 on hotels and meals.

If you’re suffering from our weak economy and hoping Congress will spend your hard-earned tax dollars wisely, Nancy Pelosi has a message for you: eat your heart out!

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