Paul Krugman admits that Sarah Palin was right:

Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising…there is this question of how we’re going to pay for the programs. The year 2025, the year 2030, something is going to have to give…. …. We’re going to need more revenue…Surely it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well.. We won’t be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes… on the middle class, maybe a value added tax…And we’re also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits . So the snarky version…which I shouldn’t even say because it will get me in trouble is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.

Here’s the deal – we have to make some hard choices in the near future. We can offer everyone unlimited health care for life, but it will be very expensive. Or we can try to put some reasonable limits on coverage. The problem is defining “reasonable”.

Health care costs money. We can try to control costs, but we can’t make it free. We can let the poor go untreated or we can agree to cover the costs for the needy. We can pay for health care in premiums, or in taxes, or in cash. But we will still have to pay for it.

Socialized medicine and single payer spread the cost around based on ability to pay but they don’t necessarily control costs. To control costs we either have to limit how much we pay for services, limit what services we pay for, or both.

There are no magic solutions. Ronald Reagan said “There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.” In this case there are no simple answers either.

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9 Responses to Vindication

  1. piper says:

    Poor, poor Paul whining about health care and costs while we all know that Paul and his very wealthy wife will always have the best medical care their money can buy unlike us bitter clingers.

  2. swanspirit says:

    There are many ways to control costs that they are not choosing or using . One big one is use of Nurse Practitioners. The A.M.A. has limited this in every way they possibly could . Another method of cutting enormous costs is home care , which is underutilized and ignored .

  3. Constance says:

    How about the tax everyone plan, and then exempt all care needed by women and children as too expensive and optional, which is what they seem to be planning now. I heard another discussion on NPR today, thankfully they had a token woman participate for once. They were all concerned, would Obama care be fair to business owners, religious institutions and government if birth control for women is covered. Not one person brought up if it is fair to tax women for health care that exempts the only care women need. I don’t want Government, my employer or other peoples religious men dictating my health care to me. Clearly none of them have my best interests at heart.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m a Fair Tax supporter, you would think this would be supported by liberals, progressives and OWS ? But you can’t find this info on page one google:

  4. Constance says:

    Also when did abortion and birth control become a “women’s issue”. Don’t men wish to control how many children they have? Are birth control methods for men going to be covered? I also want to know will erectile dysfunction drugs be covered by Obama care and religious institutions and does this violate religious teachings?

  5. yttik says:

    Krugman is an idiot.

    There really are some simple answers, myiq! Because of government borrowing, the national debt has increased dramatically which has raised the cost of goods and services. The interest on all that debt is built right into the cost of goods. That’s why bread used to cost 50 cents a loaf and now it costs four dollars. That’s the first problem, government borrowing has made everything cost more.The second problem is that average Americans are now paying nearly 40% of their income to the Gov. That’s the amount if you add up sales tax, property tax, income tax, gas tax, SS, medi, L&I, FCC tax, etc etc. Nearly HALF of our incomes are now going to the Gov, more than we spend on food, shelter, and medical care. The Gov needs all those little taxes to pay for all the things they’re going into debt over.

    To screw ourselves farther, most of us depend on credit cards, bank loans, mortgages, just to survive. We pay interest on those loans that is often four times the amount of the original loan. You pay cash for a 100,000 dollar home it costs you 100,000. Mortgages vary, but buying a home with a loan means you’ll pay closer to 348,000 by the time you’re done.

    If you’re rich, none of this matters much. You got so much disposable income, you hardly notice. But if you’re poor, working class, middle class, losing 40% of your income to taxes and another 30% to interest on the nat’l debt and personal credit debt, and we’re left working from paycheck to paycheck, with barely enough money left for basic necessities.

    The answer is simple. Reign in government spending, pay down the national debt, discourage personal debt, and reduce taxes. If Americans were allowed to keep more of their money, they’d be able to provide their own healthcare.

  6. catarina says:

    …. We’re going to need more revenue…Surely it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well.. We won’t be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes… on the middle class, maybe a value added tax

    well, well, fucking well.
    suck it up, obot bittchez

    higher taxes, shitty healthcare, and death panels.
    says… Paul Krugman!

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