Obama: Fed Health Care :: Postal Service

President Obama in his own words:

“If you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.”

Now, I realize Obama’s knowledge of both business and economics is, at best, challenged.  But his latest statement—which is supposed to somehow be supporting a government takeover of health care—reveals a true lack of even a basic understanding of capitalism and market forces.

It is because FedEx and UPS must compete in the marketplace that they are strong and profitable.

But the Postal Service?  They have an egalitarian model of mail distribution (everyone has a “right” to have mail delivered 6 days a week), a fundamental flaw in their business model from the beginning.  And their “Board of Directors” is  Congress. On top of that, the USPS  “successfully negotiated” [sarc] government pensions for 633,000 government workers in a government union.

If nationalized health care is run as well as the USPS, we can all count on mediocre service based on political decisions…but at least everyone can get it if they are willing to walk to the street!  Just don’t ask about the “dead letter office.”

Then again, maybe Obama wanted to undermine the primary agenda item on which he campaigned.  After all, even he hints that he may know the idea is a loser.

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One response to this post.

  1. So much debate is going on pointing out how bad the collectivist approach of the Obama/Democrats will be for our health care, but where is the advocacy of a workable solution?

    Here is a brief outline of where we need to go with US health care:

    The Modern Health Care Solution

    We need to reset our health care system back to a free-market, patient-driven system. Every other successful part of our society runs this way- why not our health care for goodness sake?! We need:

    1. Market-based pricing of health care. We need medical Care/Service/Procedures priced up front like everything else in our society- not the price/cost black-boxes of today’s employer and government-subsidized health care.

    2. Minute-clinics and similar no-appointment, transparently-priced clinics are going in the right direction of delivering this concept:
    http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_zdechlikm_coninfo/

    3. Just like with the fair, portability of pre-tax 401k’s, we need fair, portable pre-tax health savings accounts for everyone to save their own money over time, make their own decisions on health care, and pay it with their own money.

    4. Make health care ‘insurance’ back into actual insurance. Couple health savings accounts with high-deductible catastrophic health insurance policies that people buy like they do for life insurance or car insurance.

    The above approach gives everyone the access, proper control, and choice over their health- not the opposite helplessness dictated by some far away, faceless bureaucrat.

    Reply

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