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Robert Samuelson Gets it RIGHT!

Monday, 28 November 2011 05:54

As we like to say here at Beat the Press, the long-term deficit problem is primarily health care, health care, and health care. Robert Samuelson gets this one 100 percent right in his column today.

He concludes that the way to contain costs is some sort of voucher system or a single-payer type universal Medicare program. It's questionable whether a voucher system will actually contain costs, as opposed to reduce the quality of care (unless it involves buy-ins to other countries' systems), but this is the direction the budget debate should take. The question is how we deal with health care costs; it is not a problem of an out of control budget more generally.

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Same Samuelson?
written by Seth B, November 28, 2011 8:43
Is this the same Robert Samuelson who writes all of Robert Samuelson's other columns?
Health Care, Health Care, and Defense
written by John L, November 28, 2011 9:33
Our defense budget is also out of control if it is true that our budget is larger than all the developed countries' defense budgets COMBINED. The military industrial complex (and corruption) needs to shrink if we are going to solve the budget crisis.
alternate dimension
written by Peter K., November 28, 2011 11:03
And Italy is rumored to be making deal with the IMF.

Can I go back to my own timeline now?

written by skeptonomist, November 28, 2011 12:41
What has been out of control since 1981 is tax cuts. Social spending, including health care, has increased and is not going to stop increasing. Military spending has increased since 2000, but is still much lower than it was 50 years ago. As Dean likes to say, this is simple arithmetic - to avoid deficits, revenue must equal expenditures.
He's about half right.
written by ultra, November 29, 2011 12:55
Vouchers are a horrible idea that will never work. Single-payer health care is the only system that has any chance of working in the US.

Let's see, 50% right = Grade of F.
written by Artie Gold, December 01, 2011 12:15
50% is decidedly better than usual. Baby steps....

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