Jun. 23rd, 2009

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"If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care ... then why is it that the government, which they say can't run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business?" Obama said in response to a question at a White House news conference.

"That's not logical," he scoffed, responding to an industry warning that government competition would destabilize the employer system that now covers more than 160 million people.

The important thing to remember about health insurance is that it doesn't produce any medical care; it just runs up administrative costs. Doctors have to hire people to deal with reimbursements, and insurance companies have to hire people to deny claims. As for the argument that reform will cost jobs, many insurers use call centers in India. Isn't it fun to discuss complicated medical and financial matters with someone who speaks in a thick accent and can't understand a word you say? Obviously, it's an evil plot to get you to give up and accept insurance rip-offs.

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WXII news in Winston-Salem, NC produced a hilarious report on this story, featuring this quote from on of Sanford's SC Republican colleagues: "It's bizarre behavior, but that's not unusual for this governor." The story pointed out that Sanford was missing during Father's Day, but failed to mention that Sunday was also the summer solstice, the traditional day for nude hiking. A nature enthusiast, Sanford admits to being on the Appalachian Trail, a favorite of nude hikers. Perhaps he was letting it all hang out while clearing his head.
As mentioned in this article, Sanford once brought live pigs into the house chamber to protest pork barrel spending. The pigs defecated all over the place, making their own statement about state government. 

Ever read Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker series? The job of the President of the Universe was to behave outrageously, entertain the masses, and detract attention from the people who really ran the Universe. Perhaps Sanford's presidential hopes aren't dead after all; in an era of excess and reality TV, he's perfect. Think about what legislators, lobbyists, and special interest groups could get away with while Sanford keeps Fox and MSNBC busy.  


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