Wednesday, March 07, 2007

"Soviet-Style" Health Care

Caught in the midst of a Cold War time warp, Manitowoc County exec and state Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer (D-Manitowoc) had this to say the other day regarding health care reform in Wisconsin: "Do we want Soviet-style central planning, or do we trust individuals to make their own health care decisions. It's really that simple."

Didn't he get the memo? The terrorists are the enemy now.

Observe the difference: "Do we want al Qaeda-style sleeper cell planning, or do we trust individuals to make their own health care decisions. It's really that simple."

See what I mean? Much scarier, especially for the post-perestroika under 35 crowd, yet only equally as ridiculous.

(Side-Note: The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter didn't put a question mark after the first sentence of Ziegelbauer's statement, which means it's either a typo or it was pretty clear to the reporter that the county exec/state rep really wasn't asking a question.)

Ziegelbauer went on to note that he's always urging his Mantiowoc County employees to sign-up for HSAs to save the county money and help them to be the best health care consumers they can be.

No word on whether Ziegelbauer realizes that one of the "Soviet-style central planning" bills before the state legislature proposes the use of HSAs statewide, or whether Ziegelbauer himself forgoes the comprehensive health care plan he's afforded through either of his public positions to sign up for a HSA.

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Blogger Russ said...

Secretary Leavitt summed up the problem with health care yesterday at Bucyrus in S. Milwaukee
"The only thing that can change health care, in my view, is a marketplace". Leavitt said.
Why is so difficult to grasp the fact that free market capitalism IS the solution.
We have 230 years of experience with capitalism. We know competition works for every other service provided to the public and we also know monopolies do not work.

March 08, 2007  
Blogger Seth Zlotocha said...

Russ, you are really starting to sound like a broken record. Leavitt works for the Bush administration. What do you expect him to say?

As I said in response to your last comment on a previous post of mine (which you still have replied to): Have you checked out the Wisconsin Health Plan, yet? There's quite a bit of competition built into the plan, including the use of HSAs. Considering two out of three Americans in a recent NY Times/CBS poll feel that the government should work to provide universal health care -- even if that means increased taxes -- now may be the time for conservatives to start contibuting to the solution by seeking out a middle ground rather than continuing to hide behind utopian free market slogans.

March 08, 2007  
Blogger Russ said...

Seth, I have contacted Lisa Ellinger of the WHP. I've sent her my comments.
As for your suggestion that Leavitt is Bush's water boy frankly that is what expected you to say.

March 08, 2007  
Blogger Seth Zlotocha said...

Out of curiousity, Russ, what were your comments on the WHP?

If you want a more thorough take from me on Bush's health care plans, it's at the bottom of this post.

March 08, 2007  
Blogger Russ said...

Comments to WHP
I'll forward my comments to you. Give me an e-mail address.

March 09, 2007  
Blogger Seth Zlotocha said...

You could also cut-and-paste them into a comment, if you'd like.

March 09, 2007  

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