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Saturday, January 20th 2007

Edward Kennedy: Master Of Rhetoric, Not Of Driving Or Understanding Complex Problems

Senator Kennedy, who now heads up the Committee on Health, (blank), (blank), and (blank), wants to expand Medicare to everyone. Several things annoy me in the article. First this direct quote,

“Insurance coverage is down. Costs are up. And America is heading to the bottom of the league of major nations in important measures of the quality of care,” [Kennedy] said.

The emphasis is my own. As I’ve waned on numerous times I truly believe that while that statement is true it should never be contrasted with the rising cost of care in this country.

I’m also annoyed by him enlisting his home state’s new “universal coverage” plan in calling for Medicare for all,

The federal government should join his home state of Massachusetts in enacting universal health coverage, says Sen. Edward Kennedy, the new chairman of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over numerous health issues.

As the article points out, the Massachusetts plan places a lot on the idea of individual and employer mandates,

Massachusetts is the first state to require everyone to have health insurance, just as drivers must have automobile coverage.

Obviously, Medicare For All enjoys almost no similarities to what Romney & Co. put together. Trying to play it as even semi-analogous is just wrong.