Final note on health care: We'll have to wait and see

An exterior view of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen on June 21, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

This final note on the way out today: An observation, if you will, about some of what you heard on the program today -- the health care bits, specifically.

The truth is, for all the predictions about how much it's going to cost, how much it's going to save or what's going to happen next -- we just don't know. Nobody does. The American economy is an inherently unruly beast, and when you make structural changes to fully 20 percent of it, you just kind of have to wait and see what happens.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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This is an age when both political parties are working against the will of the American people. Forever arguing at cross-purposes about big government vs. small government, what we now have is a precedent for a government poised to do the bidding of big business, imposing its will on Americans on whatever terms big business deems essential. This decision opens up a door. What about funeral expenses? We’re all going to die. Shouldn’t we force people to buy life insurance that includes these costs, and at whatever level of reimbursement the industry insists is necessary? Putting a rubber-stamp government commission in there to oversee costs isn’t going to do anything more than put a government finger in the pie. We’ve already seen it with Blue Cross in California just after the health care bill passed. It’s a good cop/bad cop routine: The industry applies for a thirty-plus percent increase; the commissioner goes on national TV to reprimand them for their greed; the next day, they get their increase and everyone goes back to watching football and sitcoms. So, after the penalty fees spiral up to keep pace with rising costs, what happens when people can’t even afford to pay those? Put people in jail for tax evasion? We already lead the world in incarceration rates, and this is increasingly costly to states and taxpayers, so, shouldn’t people be forced to pay for their own incarceration by working in for-profit, private labor camps (actually, they already are!)? That would solve our minimum wage problem, too. I see another Democratic compromise bill on the horizon. How about public libraries? Yet another example of an egregious abuse of the free rider principle. Aren’t they really only bum magnets? Shouldn’t we phase them out, along with their pampered employees, and force people to pay private businesses for Internet access, reading material, media material, and employment services? The list goes on. This is the future we have to look foward to with a government in the employ of corporations and the financial industries.

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