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The GOP -- Not a Club For Christians

Caveat emptor Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 6:22 PM
Just a correction. Univerals Healthcare does not mean that the State Provides the healthcare. Some firms come from mandatory insurance provided in the free market. Sometimes it comes inthe form of a centrally controlled Single Payer system. Most oftain it's a combination of market, single payer and smetimes mandatory health savings accounts. There are lots of ways to provide universal healthcare. I think a combination system is probably most efficient and human. I think it requires some research.
nawlins72 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 6:33 PM
Not to mention, the large players in the market who were lucky enough to be in the game early are incentivized to collude more with government to obtain special privileges, including assistance in drafting the regulations. The "Too Big To Fail" businesses are often times the ugly children of the regulatory state.
nawlins72 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 6:30 PM
It doesn't have to be a NHS style system of state controlled hospitals and employees to be economic planning. Through a web of regulations, the "market" is hindered from acting outside of the box the State has mandated. This will increase cost of business, causing businesses to become insolvent, erect barriers of entry to new companies and misallocate resources towards the ends of the State and not the choices of the market.
Caveat emptor Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 6:39 PM
Granted there will be losers and winners to any new shift in the balence of healthcare allocation but saying the state is a winner and the market is a looser makes no difference. What maters us that healthcare outcomes improve for individuals. If that benefits the state, so be it. If it benefits the market, great. But the goal should not be, first and foremost to benifit the population, to ensure they live longer and receive treatment as equitably as one can without stifling innovation.
nawlins72 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 6:56 PM
The State will always be the winner in the game it gets to control. It gets to draft all the rules that sit behind the scenes out of view of the public, then when problems occur point the finger at the "market" and demand MORE control.

The market is the best environment for benefitting the "population", as it produces this end through voluntary coordination.

In the scramble to make the GOP more diverse, a lot of people are looking at Asian Americans, whom many believe are a natural constituency for the party. I would love it if Asian Americans converted en masse to the Republican Party, but the challenge for Republicans is harder than many appreciate.

President Obama did spectacularly well with Asian Americans, garnering nearly three-quarters of their vote. This runs counter to a lot of conventional wisdom on both the left and the right. On average, Asian American family income is higher and poverty is lower than it is for non-Latino whites....