Discussion in 'Politics' started by Ravi, Nov 11, 2011.
Mitten seems to think it's a good idea.
What say you?
Do you think it's a bad idea...?
As long as that safety net is always there for them, why not..?
Well we seem to have privatized quite a bit of our military and war operations anyway.
Hmmm....... Our private system of medicine costs twice as much per citizen, does not cover all of our citizens, and has much poorer results than the systems of Canada, Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany, and even little Costa Rica.
But it will deliver better results if we just turn over Veteran care to them? We kind of did that at Walter Reed, remember?
i think if i came back from iraq with my legs blown off, i wouldn't be in the mood to take a voucher and go look for the lowest bidder.
the country has a moral obligation to take care of veterans. this should be one of the last areas where we look to cheap out, imo.
But how will the private economy grow unless we pump more tax dollars into it?
I didn't like it when obie noodle suggested it and I don't like it now.
I could be convinced if I heard a good argument against doing it.
Being a pragmatist it helps when things become more likely to get done...If the numbers add up what is OK...? Maybe in principle we should prioritize our tax dollars toward such and privatize OTHER things...?
When they privatized Medicaid in Tennessee and called it Tenncare, the money was absconded with and the system was broke in less than 3 years. Also, privatizing prisons all over the country has stopped because states can run their own prisons cheaper than they can pay someone else to do it. I worked for one of those companies that provided health care to prisons. They lost 3 BIG contracts at one time a couple of years ago and the company almost folded. But the reality id that states can pay their own people to run prisons cheaper than they can pay private companies to do it. The VA already uses a lot of 'fee basis' providers. But if we sent our veterans packing with a few vouchers we would be doing them a great disservice.
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