"...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
-2 Corinthians 3:17 (NASB)

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
~John Adams

10.25.2007

Presidential Update

Today's O'Brian FACTor edition is going to stray from the subject of state and local government a little. I'm going to take a look at some of the presidential canidates. Hopefully, we can do this more often in the future.

I think this is as important an issue as ever because, according to Paul Harvey, 41% of Americans can't name any presidential candidates. So sad.

First, republican fore-runner Rudolph Giuliani (left) is shifting his position on interrogation a bit. I was supprised that FOXNews actually covered it saying:

"Giuliani's stance indicates a subtle softening of his position on interrogation, five months after he declared that he would approve of "every method" one could think of to squeeze information from suspects."

Giuliani previously approved of "every method" now he only approves of simulated drowning (aka: "Waterboarding") well... he isn't exactly sure when. Just that "It depends on how it is done; it depends on the circumstances; it depends on who does it." So "politically correct."

Yes, I'm going to be a little biased here. I have to throw in something from my personal favorite candidate:

"For decades, the U.S. healthcare system was the envy of the entire world. Not coincidentally, there was far less government involvement in medicine during this time... We should remember that HMOs did not arise because of free-market demand, but rather because of government mandates. The HMO Act of 1973 requires all but the smallest employers to offer their employees HMO coverage, and the tax code allows businesses- but not individuals- to deduct the cost of health insurance premiums. The result is the illogical coupling of employment and health insurance, which often leaves the unemployed without needed catastrophic coverage."
~Ron Paul, July 24 2007, "Free-market Medicine"

Ron Paul tells the story of a man by the name of Dr. Berry. Being a medical doctor himself, Dr Paul was on the joint economic committee where Berry testified that he has opened a clinic that does not accept third-party insurance, and especially accepts no government pay. The result? He was able to "focus on medicine rather than billing." Because Dr Berry doesn't have to muddle through the bureaucracy, he can charge his clients who don't have insurance the same as what their co-pay would be else-wheres.

Sounds like a good idea to me. Yet, Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate to point out that most people spend as much or more time in the waiting room while paperwork gets done as they do seeing the doctor. The solution, then, is to reduce the paperwork by getting the government out of the way instead of simply creating more.

Even Fred Thompson, the self-proclaimed "federalist" in the race, doesn't seem to get this:

"Access to affordable, portable health care can be made available for all Americans without imposing new mandates or raising taxes... I am committed to a healthcare system that... Improves the individual health of all Americans by shifting to a system that promotes cost-effective prevention, chronic-care management, and personal responsibility"

He goes on to explain how, (in a very generic sense, I might add) but no where does he just say: if we eliminated the HMO Act of 1873 and reduced government interference, paperwork would go down dramatically and so would costs.

Its think its common sense, and politicians can't stand that. They can't stand Ron Paul either.

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