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Upside Down Health Care
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd

Wayne Shepherd: Around and around she goes. The issue is: health care. This is The Public Square® with Dave Zanotti of the American Policy Roundtable.

David Zanotti:  The Senate is now after the health care issue. The debate is growing more serious by the hour. The notion on Capitol Hill is Congress has to pass a bill or somebody has got to take the blame. Rather than take the blame, members seem willing to pass “something” just to take the heat off.

Does that make any sense to you? This is what happens when we begin a public policy debate at the wrong end. Politicians are prone to seeing a problem and turning it into a campaign promise BEFORE they ask the critical questions, such as: Is this problem something the federal government should be addressing? What does the Constitution say about this? What does our history teach us about such government intervention? Can somebody else do this better than the government?

But when politicians start at the wrong end of the problem it is very difficult to get a right answer. And it gets tougher if they refuse to read the legislation before they vote on it. All of this would be something to ignore if the stakes were not so very high. We are not talking about an overpriced toilet seat or a monument in the middle of nowhere. We are talking about every health care decision for every human living in this nation.

Pretty high stakes to vote on in the dark.

WS: We need to be informed about this and so many other issues. You can find the information about this online at For Dave Zanotti, I'm Wayne Shepherd. Join us next time on The Public Square®.

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Upside Down Health Care - October 13, 2009

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