For what it’s worth Sullivan makes a fairly clear point here. Sully thinks that Medicare will destroy us all. Paul Ryan has a plan to kill Medicare. Where is the Democrats’ plan to destroy Medicare? They don’t have one. QED.
His other stuff about tax rates read like an afterthought tossed in because so many people keep pestering him about it. It does not matter that Ryan’s plan will add to the deficit rather than reduce it. Stupid riders like repealing the Affordable Care Act, which he opposes, have no impact. He doesn’t care whether Ryan’s budget uses projections pulled out of some Heritage intern’s ass. Until Ryan tosses in the Ugandan gay laws as a rider, you can either (a) convince him that Medicare can be fixed before it devours the economy, or (b) stop beating your head against the wall.
I know my vote.
DougJ said basically the same thing a few minutes before I did. So yeah. And sorry.
I swear to god I am not going to make a new post. But it is important. Sullivan has crystallized his major concern here; read it if you want, but it basically recapitulates what I said. Here is a non-snarky shorter.
* Health care is expensive.
* Health care is getting more expensive.
* Therefore everyone can’t have everything, and the amount that everyone can have will decrease as time goes on.
* Therefore, access will be rationed by either government or by the individual.
* Rationing by the individual is better.
The flaw in this argument is so obvious that I simply cannot believe that Sullivan is arguing in good faith. The individual never has a choice about rationing. Never. Whether the government provides my health care or a private insurer provides it, someone else will always decide what treatments I can and cannot have. The only possible way to make medical decisions for myself is to buy every treatment on the open market. Why does nobody do that? Because the individual buyer cannot afford a fucking aspirin. One person has no negotiating power and therefore will get reamed in any system where healthcare conglomerates exist.
Again: throwing them on the open market WILL NOT LET SENIORS MAKE THEIR OWN MEDICAL DECISIONS. It will put them at the mercy of providers that are even more opaque and less efficient than the one they have now. That assumes they will find a policy at all, and many will not if Ryan repeals the ACA. Seniors who cannot find insurance because insurers won’t offer it or only at a ruinous price (which only makes sense from an profit point of view) will not “self ration”. They will get no goddamn care at all, save what they find at the Emergency Room after they sell their possessions and declare bankruptcy.
Sullivan cannot be this stupid. Can he?