I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. We can’t have a rational debate about health care reform as long as the involved parties aren’t honest and consistent. And I’m not talking about the “you lie” stuff. I mean honest about core values about reform. For instance:
- How can you be completely against government in health care and not against Medicare?
- If you think Medicare is great for people 65 years and older, why not for 64 year-olds?
- How can anyone rail against support for health care reform in terms of the cost and yet have been in favor of Medicare part D years ago – a huge expansion of entitlements that dwarfs this and will NEVER be deficit neutral.
And don’t think all the inconsistencies are on one side:
- How can you talk about the rising costs of health care necessitating immediate action and not talk about how you will achieve cost containment?
- How can you continue to claim that information technology and preventive care will make things so much cheaper – when there is still no good evidence that that’s so?
Please? Can we get some consistency here? This is too important to make it up as we go.
(h/t Oliver Willis for the pic)