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Tom Toles for June 14, 2009

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    mhenriday  over 12 years ago

    That bulge at the waistline is also known as the insurance companies. A strict course of sit-ups to reduce the flab is advised….

    Henri

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    mrgromit  over 12 years ago

    …because nothing screams ‘efficiency’ like anything run by the government.

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    Motivemagus  over 12 years ago

    MrGromit, ever heard of the VA? Used to run very well. FEMA? Ran great under Clinton, because he had a professional in charge instead of a political appointee like “Brownie.” NASA? Got us to the moon. The National Parks? Get a lot done. And the military is, by the way, a government institution. Truth is, even an inefficient government-run healthcare system – which is NOT what Obama is proposing – would cut out a lot of fat, such as that which currently goes to pay profits to parasitic insurance companies, or gets lost in the wastage that takes place in every single doctor’s office having to manage a zillion inconsistent and hostile insurance companies. I’m not speaking out of pure opinion here – the Catholic Healthcare Association, an industry association of more than 1200 members, identified the single biggest problem with American healthcare today being the insurance industry.

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    Dtroutma  over 12 years ago

    Enron and AIG are prime examples of “privatized” efficiency- at getting into our wallets.

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    benbrilling  over 12 years ago

    Health care inefficiency? You’re kidding! Our health care system is the most efficient thing I’ve ever seen for increasing the wealth of the insurance companies

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    deadheadzan Premium Member over 12 years ago

    The wealth of insurance companies has been a concern in my experience, since the 1960’s. Then they got into running the Health Care industry and costs sky rocketed.

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    mackado  over 12 years ago

    Socialized medicine in the hands of the Federal Government will be as successful as the Postal Service..

    With frequent rates increases (your taxes) and forced to only operate (pun intended) four days a week to survive.

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    subtlefuge  over 12 years ago

    Harley, way to show your elitism with that comment. Overweight poor people are not overweight because they necessarily eat too much food, but rather because they eat unhealthy, overly-processed cheap food. You know, the kind that is a product of unregulated capitalism.

    Machado, I’ve never ever had a problem getting my mail through the US postal service. It comes every day right to my home. I have, however, had packages lost by both UPS and Fed Ex. I’ll stick with government-run, thank you very much.

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    mackado  over 12 years ago

    The US postal service is bankrupted, they had government bailouts in the past and several consecutive rate increases to stay afloat, they just had one across the board a few months back.

    The PO is pushing out old employees to early retirement to cut expenses, and also cut backs on OT among many other cost saving measures, like more ‘walking’ for carriers instead of driving the PO truck, and they are about to recommend whether to cut Thursdays or Saturdays off the delivery schedule.

    I don’t have any crystal ball, I just read newspapers while they last….

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