Friday, October 17, 2008

Well, that didn't last long.

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched.

Socialism. Catch the fever.

But wait...there's more!

Gov. Linda Lingle's administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.

"People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free," said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. "I don't believe that was the intent of the program."


Were there really people so STUPID as to think that wouldn't happen? But I have an idea. Let's implement it at the national level right away!

I swear, I can't figure out why liberals don't drown themselves by gawking at the rain.

Splash, out


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Illinois at least knew to block people from shifting from an existing plan onto the State plan. The Epic Fail was implementing it without the legislative nod and funding....
We left pharmacists holding the bag; we aren't going to reimburse them for product they put out under the plan.
Jason, you display an uncharacteristic naivte' in this post. OF COURSE the liberals knew this would happen. OF COURSE they knew more people would wallow up to the trough of public largess and become dependent on it. THEY COUNTED on that happening in order to institutionalize the concept. The next step is to bootstrap the universal child health care into universal health care, hoping the swine in the proletariate didn't notice they were losing both freedom and tax dollars.

Fortunately, the costs went up too fast even for Hawaiian liberals to prevent the governor from ending it.

Who would have thought that a republican Governor would have allowed it?

The point, SeaDrive, is that liberal policies are stupid, REGARDLESS of who implements them.

At any rate, Hawaii's a special case, like California. Lingle would be a centrist Democrat anywhere else in the country. By mainland standards, she'd be a RINO anywhere else. The ONLY way she can do anything in office is by compromising with the libtard state legislature on moronic policies like this one.
There are a couple things I think we can agree on about health insurance. One is that candidates for office are reluctant to mention the fact that someone, somewhere, is going to pay for health care, and by extension, for health insurance. I don't see the democratic Congress passing even a plan like McCain's health care tax credit without some kind of tax increase. Obama's plan would pay for more coverage, so it would need even more taxes.

Neither candidate is making big statements about reducing the cost of health care which is, after all, the real problem.

The states that have tried to act on their own have and will uncover various unintended consequences, not all of which are as obvious as the Hawaii debacle. I'm not sure but what a wise candidate would just say it's a state problem. It would be except the the general mythology that the Federal government has magic powers.
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