Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Urinal-Sentinel Takes A Leak At Health Care

The editorial writers at the Urinal-Sentinel took a long leak at the health care crisis and came up with this brilliant idea: everyone should buy health insurance.

That's right. Everyone buys health insurance. They liken it to states where every driver is supposed to buy auto insurance (but ignore the fact that many don't).

But don't let facts confuse these fleabrains.

They work out some fuzzy logic that there are a lot of younger Americans who don't have health insurance and thus, if we force them to buy it, then the cost will be spread further and should come down.

Of course, they forgot to think about why many young Americans don't have health insurance: they can't afford it.

My 19-year-old who makes $6.50 per hour working a few hours a week (if that) at a store while going to school can barely afford her auto insurance. Thankfully she still qualifies under my coverage (as long as she's a full-time student).

But for those who don't qualify under parental policies, where are they going to come up with the money? (And, of course, that assumes the parents can afford coverage.)

What about the unemployed? Underemployed?

This logic isn't just fuzzy, folks, it's blatantly corrupt.

There won't be any meaningful reform because the health care system is too corrupt.

Supposedly nonprofit hospitals turn margins that some private businesses would be green with envy. We have hospitals across the street from each other. Insurance companies keep writing checks for these bloated fees and pass the costs along. In short, they're in bed with each other.

And that includes Journal Communications, the parent company of that newspaper and a whole slew of radio and television stations.

Geez, would they bite the hand that feeds them? How much does, say, Aurora spend on advertising each year? How about the insurance companies? Do you really think Journal Communications would ever suggest meaningful cost containment, including putting a lid on expensive advertising?

Yeah, right.

Today's newspaper, tomorrow's fish wrap.

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