Sacrificing Principles for Health Care

Below are some thoughts I posted in late November. In light of the bribes that have floated through the Senate over the past couple of days in order to move the health care bill along, I thought I would put it up again. Here is a link to the most recent WSJ article on the payoffs.

I freely admit to being conflicted on the entire subject. From a personal point of view, the design of the legislation would personally benefit me, though those benefits are deferred to the extent that those benefits will be severely diminished. Nevertheless, that such a significant piece of legislation has been enacted or most likely will be without sufficient debate on a purely partisan vote and in the absence support from the citizens of the country, would suggest that we have reached a nadir in the exercise of political power in this nation.

At least, one can hope that it is a nadir for any further abuse of power on this order would suggest that we have evolved a system of government that is fundamentally divorced from representative democracy as we understand and have practiced it.


Am I being incredibly naive in asking this question?

Why couldn’t the Congress of the United States just once have debated something as momentous as a total overhaul of the U.S. health system without resorting to bribing one and other with money that doesn’t belong to them?

If you haven’t been following this, here’s a link to the WSJ editorial on the subject.

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I’m not sure that credentials mean much when it comes to writing about things but people seem to want to see them, so briefly here are mine. I have an undergraduate degree in economics from an undistinguished Midwestern university and masters in international business from an equally undistinguished Southwestern University. I spent a number of years working for large banks lending to lots of different industries. For the past few years, I’ve been engaged in real estate finance – primarily for commercial projects. Like a lot of other finance guys, I’m looking for a job at this point in time.

Given all of that, I suggest that you take what I write with the appropriate grain of salt. I try and figure out what’s behind the news but suspect that I’m often delusional. Nevertheless, I keep throwing things out there and occasionally it sticks. I do read the comments that readers leave and to the extent I can reply to them. I also reply to all emails so feel free to contact me if you want to discuss something at more length. Oh, I also have a very thick skin, so if you disagree feel free to say so.

Enjoy what I write and let me know when I’m off base – I probably won’t agree with you but don’t be shy.

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