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Posted: December 31, 2009 4:40 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.
One of the biggest problems with regard to rising health care costs is people will go to the doctor when they don't need it just because their insurance covers it.

Maybe those dang liberals in Congress should listen to John McCain, who suggested taxing expensive "Cadillac" plans during the campaign to discourage wasteful health spending.

I don't suppose the Tax-achussetts elite would - what? They did? Turns out this provision has found its way into the new Senate bill.

While I am as angry as you are about "socialized medicine," this bill is not about bigger government or smaller government. It's about controlling spiraling health care costs.

The government already pays for about half of all the health care spending in this country. Shouldn't we be looking for ways to cut costs?

And how is Congress going to cut costs?

With a radical, socialist idea called competition. The Senate bill creates national health care exchanges for those who are not provided health care by their employers.

Premiums will decrease as more people are incorporated into the system, and as insurers compete for customers.

The health care debate has been rank with tainted facts and innuendos and the American people should be able to see that, despite the fear-mongering and demagoguery, this is a tremendous piece of legislation that will not only lower taxes and premiums, but will provide health care for millions of Americans living without it.

It was the father of our Constitution, James Madison, who said: "A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people."


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