Friday, November 27, 2009
Pass Health, Then Move On (Energy)
So, the economic recovery (jobs) will be delayed 6 months for health, heh? I guess it's worth the respect for those trying to pass universal health for the past 25 years and I respect that. I actually am for that because it helps much and there is still time to colate an energy component to it. It's the internationalization of health (and fuel gets us to India/Thailand for major surgeries - for the poorer/cheaper). Primary care would still need to be given in the states. So, the focus should be on preventative/holistic care. The health plan can potentially also reduce it's price tag from the implicit health synergies from more productive workers who do receive primary care. However, no new jobs (or net cost) will be created by the health plan. The private administrators that invalidate health claims would be diverted to gov't bureaucrats to ensure compliance. So, new doctors would have to be trained but their sustenance would have to be compensated by the efficiency of the workers previously not getting health insurance (in an increasing taxed commodity market - higher oil prices, etc). Investing in a new energy infrastructure creates jobs that actually reduce the costs of commodities as they prices rise. More jobs = less needed to be subsidized by gov't incentives.