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YOU WANT A CRISIS?

August 20, 2009

Americans have been debating about the proposed universal health care bill. During this time, President Obama has stated over and over that it will be revenue neutral and that it will not increase the deficit.  This is very hard to believe, says John C. Goodman, President, CEO and the Kellye Wright Senior Fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis.

While it's true that we have some obvious problems in our medical system, most Americans are satisfied with their health care.  A majority sees no crisis to warrant a government takeover, says Goodman:

  • According to the latest Rasmussen Poll, 48 percent of U.S. voters now rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent; only 19 percent rate it as poor.
  • These figures reflect a significant increase in support for the health care system over the past few months.
  • In May, just 35 percent of adults nationwide rated the system as good or excellent; a year ago, just 29 percent of likely voters rated the system in such positive terms.
  • The new polling also shows that 80 percent of those with insurance rate their own coverage as good or excellent; that's up from 70 percent in May.

When we get through the economic time that we're in right now, we're going to be confronted with an even bigger problem.  The first of the Baby Boomers started signing up for early retirement under Social Security last year and in two years they will start signing up for Medicare.

All told, 78 million people are going to stop working, stop paying taxes and start drawing benefits.  The problem is that neither Social Security, nor Medicare is ready for them.  And the federal government has made explicit and implicit promises to millions of people, but has put no money aside in order to keep those promises, says Goodman.

Source: John C. Goodman, "You want a CRISIS..Well you are going to get one…A Very BIG one…" The Citizen, August 19, 2009.

 

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