Friday, March 12, 2010

the real news: Matt Welch discusses European style healthcare

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My computer at home is acting up and for once I don't seem to be able to fix it without outside help. As always I am grateful for Rob Payne for more than holding up his end of the horse, as it were. the above is an interview that Paul Jay did recently with Matt Welch of Reason magazine.

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At March 13, 2010 4:43 AM, Blogger Mimi said...

Very, very interesting, Jon, and it's heartening to see the manner of the exchange. There are some well-defined areas of disagreement between Jay and Welch, yet they speak to each other in a courteous, civilized way. Why can't we see more of this attitude in wider public discourse? Can you imagine Olberman and Beck making their beliefs clear without heaping scorn on the opposition?

At March 13, 2010 2:31 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Jonathan’s posts are always interesting. I’m still recovering from surgery I had done last Tuesday. I was impressed by the doctors who apparently did a great job since I am still here to bore you with it. I don’t have the same faith in the “free market” nor do I believe that competition always means better whatever as Mr. Reason does. The natural tendency for competition is to eliminate the competition not necessarily to make a better product as is always the assumption. I’ve read that expanding Medicare could create millions of new jobs so it would be beneficial in more than one aspect. I suppose this is all a moot point as any real health care reform has now been put off for any number of years. This legislation put forward by the dems should be put out of its misery since it isn’t health care reform at all so I hope it just dies before it does even more damage. The real purpose of this legislation is to attack Medicare and Social Security while securing more money for the insurance industry. In my opinion.

At March 17, 2010 9:56 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi all. Rob, I hope you feel better.

At March 18, 2010 8:23 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Hi Jonathan, Thanks I am feeling better, once you get past the first five days you have the worst over.


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