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Well, I haven’t written anything in awhile, and the big news story is the health care debate in Congress, so I’ll use this forum to weigh in with my two cents.

People opposed to health care reform tell scary stories about the prospect of rationing health care. The definition of “rationing” is “restricting the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity”. If health care is a relatively scarce commodity, either it will be rationed or it will be distributed unfairly, with many people not getting any. Kind of like the current situation. If it is not scarce, it won’t be. Given that health care is neither free nor cheap, it stands to reason that it will not be overly abundant, hence, it should be rationed. The only question is by whom and by what criteria. The criterion could be first come, first served, or it could by according to wealth, supply and demand. If we are compassionate, it will be by need. Then the only question is by whom. Would you prefer government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats? Or someone else? Insurance company bureaucrats are incentivized, directly or indirectly, by insurance company profits. How government bureaucrats would be incentivized is uncertain. Who do you mistrust more?

My blog hits have spiked, and I think I know why, so with apologies I feel a need to venture far afield from the stated purpose of this blog. A few years ago, the San Jose Mercury News was running a “one-liners” section as part their editorial letters. I had been saying since 9/11 that what had brought down the towers was faith (given the motivation of the perpetrators), and it occurred to me to juxtapose that notion with the idea of faith moving mountains. I’m surprised that no one seems to have beaten me to it. The quotation has made its way around the web for some time. Apparently, someone posted it this week to something called “reddit” and my blog hits and Facebook invitations have gone through the roof. It seems that this would be a very opportune moment to comment further.
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