(Quote) Dan-28682 said: I didn't see the whole debate and although Mr. Romney presented himself and his ideas quite well, there were s...
(Quote) Dan-28682 said:
I didn't see the whole debate and although Mr. Romney presented himself and his ideas quite well, there were still several things from him that made me cringe.
One was with regard to health care. Getting the federal government out of the health care business is the right thing, and I was especially glad that Romney emphasized the part of the Affordable Care Act that puts in place a 15 man, unelected panel that will decide what type of medical treatments you will have access to...talk about the 1%! But to say that the solution is to turn the problem over to the state governments is quite disappointing. It's the third party payer system, whether it be insurance companies or the government, that distorts the health care system...and turning the problem over to the state governments is not likely to be a very good fix to the problem. Medical care need to be paid for by the patient...it is the only way to keep the proper doctor/patient relationship and hold costs down, although insurance for catastrophic coverage is reasonable. Admitting that the government (state or federal) is the only means of providing health care just shows how far the country has moved to the left on this issue, and if state government provided health care is the alternative to the ACA, then I would say that the left has won this battle, even if Romney gets elected.
The other moment that made me cringe, was the discussion regarding education. Again, there was a back and forth regarding which entity is the most important in providing education for children with the President touting the federal government and Mr. Romney touting state and local governments. Actually the most important group involved in the education of children are parents, not the government...and the education system should be structured accordingly. Again, if the government is considered the only means for educating children in this country, it again shows how far the coutnry has moved to the left and again, the left has won this battle, even if Romney gets elected.
Actually, I had quite the opposite feeling when Romney said to turn it over to the states. The federal government is supposed to work under the guidance of the US Constitution. In the Constitution, there are enumerated powers that have been GRANTED to the Federal Government by the States and the people. We are the masters of the Federal government, not the other way around. SINCE there is no enumerated power for Healthcare, the Federal Government should not even have been talking about it, (And the Supreme Court should have thrown out Obamacare for this reason as well). Any power not specifically assigned to the Federal Government (enumerated) belongs to the States and to the People (who are sovereign). The only way that the Federal Government should be addressing healthcare is for there to be an Article V Amendment convention in which a quorum of the states passed an amendment to the Constitution to add the healthcare enumerated power to the Constitution. The founding fathers were VERY clear, that the General Welfare clause was NOT to be used to build any infrastructure the Federal Government wanted to take control away from the states, but this is exactly what has been done over the last 144 years. The comment he made about allowing competition in the insurance industry is spot on. Also needed is tort reform to eliminated frivolous lawsuits which drive up the cost of insurance for everyone. Those two things would have actually helped. All that other stuff in Obamacare is to "decrease the surplus population" and simply for control of the healthcare economy and all humans.
Regarding education, all of the reforms that are going around the country right now are designed to put the federal government in control of the curricula in schools, and even home schools, and leaving parents without say. Having a voucher to choose which school to send your kid to is NOT the same as controlling what curricula your child is going to learn. Again, there is no enumerated power in the US Constitution for a Department of Education (nor is there an enumerated power for Interior, Commerce, or Energy). Since the early 80s when this agency was created, they have spent billions of dollars, and have not increased test scores or improved American children's standing in knowledge in the world; in fact, American students now rank around 17th in the world. How can that be? Because Mitt Romney was right about something else too, the private sector can do everything better than government can, which is why we need smaller government; not no regulations, but less oppressive and intrusive one-size-fits-all control from the Federal Government.