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Big Government Worked
Better in the Industrial Age;
Not So Much in Digital Era

Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone

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Posted By:garnet, 8/6/2014 9:08:26 AM

Earlier this week, I was thinking of writing a column about the lying and duplicity of Obamacare backers who argued that the difference between provisions providing subsidies in states with state-run health exchanges and providing no subsidies in states with federal exchanges resulted from inadvertence or a typographical error. Typical among them was MIT health care expert Jonathan Gruber. The folks at the Competitive Enterprise Institute found video of him in 2012 arguing that all or most states would create their own exchanges because they wouldn´t get subsidies if they let the federal government run their exchanges. That was just a

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: IowaDad, 8/6/2014 9:29:24 AM     (No. 9955065)

What is not understood is that the smaller the project, the lower the costs and the higher the chances of success.In Iowa, we implemented a health program for poor persons using a law that ran to 16 page of easily read text, with almost no enrollment overhead cost. The cost per patient was about $2,500, about a third of equivalent ACA plans. All of the thrust was to deliver health care.

The start-up costs of the Federal effort are massive, and the resulting product delivers health insurance rather than health care.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Doctor P, 8/6/2014 10:21:32 AM     (No. 9955134)

That "big" government was a LOT smaller in the industrial age.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 8/6/2014 11:04:38 AM     (No. 9955222)

When did big gov work? I mean worked for the people not the government.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 8/6/2014 11:37:52 AM     (No. 9955289)

perhaps that useful information bypassed the operators at Lubyanka, in Siberia, in the Killing Fields of Pol Pot, in the Holodomor, in the Shoah. All the above refer to LEGAL actions of Big Governments.
I guess if that´s your criteria for "success", you might have a small point. Otherwise .......
Big Government "works", to the extent it works at all, for the benefit of the Top Dogs in that arrangement. And not always even for them. Ask Kim Jon-Un´s uncle. Or Ernst Roehm. Or Trotsky.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: craige, 8/6/2014 1:07:57 PM     (No. 9955461)

Toffler has had a lot to say about government and ´public´ education. None of it was good or encouraging.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: North Range, 8/6/2014 3:18:52 PM     (No. 9955641)

I can´t remember the last time a Michael Barone column was worth reading.

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