Wait a minute Mr. Stewart…

Last night (Monday July 27th) Jon Stewart had Bill Crystal editor of The Weekly Standard on as his guest for The Daily Show. This promised to be a lively show as Mr. Crystal is a big supporter of Sarah Palin and is often credited with bring her to the attention of the McCain campaign. (So you can curse or praise Mr. Crystal as you see fit.)
The interview was long and it was lively. In fact they have placed the entire interview on-line as it would not fit within the time constraints of the program.
After the expected Palin back-and-forth Mr. Stewart and Mr, Crystal got into health care. Jon Stewart was in favor of a public option for health care, that is government run health plan, and Mr. Crystal was against the concept.
During the back and forth the military’s health care came up and Mr. Crystal basically agreed that the health care enjoyed by our military is top-notch health care. Jon Stewart leapt for the kill like comic-con fan on a copy of Action Comics #1. It seemed, Stewart pointed out, that the government can< run a top flight single payer health-care systems since it is already doing that for the military. Mr. Crystal tried desperately to get away from the point, going so far as to say the American people do not deserve the quality health-care system that the military gets. This of course is the wrong counter argument entirely. Naturally since neither Mr. Stewart nor Mr. Crystal have served in out military they do not understand how it's health-care actually works. It is free and it is very good. (Oh there are horror stories and I know a few personally, but those are the exceptions and not the rule.) But it removes all freedom from the patient. I'm not just talking about choice in doctors or hospitals or even treatments -- though all those decision are removed from the patient -- I'm talking about how the patient gets to live their life. In the military they can make you lose weight if they think you are too heavy. They can make you exercise if they think you need it. They can ban activities that they think are a cause if injury. (Such as motorcycle ownership.) The trade-off for such an expansive health-care system is the loss of freedom. This is exactly why I do not like the idea of a single-payer health care system, and why I am against the Public Policy option being debated now.

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  1. I will add an interesting story about current military health cere – NOT a horror story!
    I have former student, not one in my class but one I know through a different part of my teaching career, who is a current Marine. He is doing well in the service and has enough BS tolerance that he can handle the amount of it that he deals with in the military buracracy – more power to him – and keep going while remaining even tempered. I knew him through several years of contact and I’ve stayed in touch since he has been in. When I first knew him in HS, he was pudgy. This never bothered me, but he decided to be a Marine and lost ALL the pudge before he signed up. (He worked HARD!) Once he finished boot and other training, he was slated for cosmetic surgery paid for by the taxpayer because of the extra skin left from his weight loss! they are doing everything they can to be sure that he always has the “look” of a Marine! How wild is that? I’m not sure how I feel about it – amused a little, annoyed a little (my tax dollars), I mean, what should one think?

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