health care nonsense

There’s a great deal of misinformation about our current health care system. It’s important for our leaders to have an in depth understanding of these issues; however, for so many politicians it’s better to look like you know what you’re talking about than to actually have a clue. The president and the left are determined to make health care worse in an effort to make things better. This is a common tactic for the left. Plus, it seems like they always have a loose grip on the facts.
Here’s President Obama talking about the differences between the current health care debate compared to the debate in 1993.

President Obama: “I think the biggest change politically is, is that businesses now recognize that if we don’t get a handle on this stuff that they are going to continue to be operating at a competitive disadvantage with other countries. And so they anxiously seek serious reform.”
Greg Mankiw: “A common argument, often made by ostensibly sophisticated commentators, is that the United States needs to reform its health care system to maintain its international competitiveness. Regardless of your views of health care reform, this particular argument is, to put it bluntly, nonsense. Long ago, Paul Krugman wrote a nice piece demolishing the whole concept of international competitiveness as a motive for national economic policy. More recently, the Congressional Budget Office has done a nice job explaining why the idea of international competitiveness as a reason for health care reform is fallacious.”

I’m not sure if Mankiw realized Obama has been using this argument, but “ostensibly sophisticated” sounds a lot like our current president. There’s two ways to look at the President’s statement. Either he’s lying or he’s just ignorant when it comes to this talking point. My guess is that the president is just misinformed. If Obama’s presidency has taught me anything so far, it’s that when it comes to in-depth issues it’s all style over substance.

The difference between the president’s rhetoric on health care and Miss Arizona’s answer is all style. If you parse the president’s answers on most issues he never says anything definitive. The real trick is making people believe you actually know what you’re talking about. Sorry Miss Arizona, you have a lot of work to do before anyone believes you’re intelligent about health care.

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