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Chris Fitzsimon v. John Hood/Pat McCrory on Health Reform

On NC Spin over the weekend, NC Policy Watch’s Chris Fitzsimon had to lower the boom a little on John Hood of the John Locke Foundation and Pat McCrory of Charlotte:

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  1. Lou Meyers

    September 21, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Buying health insurance across state lines?

    Duke Hospital now has one billing clerk per patient bed. That’s because they constantly fight for payment from the 13 insurance companies that are allowed to operate in this state. If the Republicans had it their way, Duke would have to employ one hundred billing clerks per hospital bed to fend off the onslaught of 1,300 drooling US insurance companies that would be allowed to operate in all states. Somebody is going to have to pay for that army of billing clerks. Any guesses?

    Rather than the individual states regulating these insurance companies, a new federal administration would have to be set up just to keep these little monsters in check. How is that smaller federal government? I thought the republicans despised large federal government. Where is their consistency? Oh yeah——in their attempts to bring down the President.

  2. IBXer

    September 22, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Nice job editing to make it look like he “won” the debate and shut his opponents up.

  3. Republicans 4 Single Payer

    September 22, 2009 at 9:43 am

  4. Steve Harrison

    September 22, 2009 at 10:27 am

    As usual, arguments with these guys boil down to real-world situations being solved by hypothetical free market magic.

    The thing about incorporating in Delaware is not hypothetical, there are hundreds of business concerns already operating in North Carolina this way in order to dodge taxes and other state requirements.

    John Hood’s, “Someone will offer a plan” is hypothetical, however, and he’s way too smart to believe another company would step up and reasonably cover an individual who was denied payment for treatment (ripped off) by an out-of-state insurer. Like Chris said, there’s no money to be made on someone with a preexisting condition, and the market will (and does) avoid those folks like the plague.

    Free market guys like John Hood consider those 1 in 7 uninsured as the natural Darwinian losers who either can’t or won’t get with the program, and any efforts to help them will hurt the winners.

    What he doesn’t seem to understand is that health care, as an out-of-control industry sector, is slowly killing our market-based economy like lymphatic cancer. Personal medical debt produces insolvency, which drives poor retail sales, bankruptcies, foreclosures, and even higher medical costs. His precious entrepreneurs are finding it harder and harder to succeed in this environment, and he’d better recognize that soon or he’ll be trying to sell Amway out of his garage by inviting newlyweds over for dinner.

  5. Jack

    September 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Winning is what it is all about IBX. But no matter, whether it was run edited or unedited CF won.