Sunday, August 23, 2009

What Cash for Clunkers Tells Us About Health Care

Why are Americans so fearful of the government health care plan? Look no further than the Cash for Clunkers program. According to the Washington Times:

Planners who expected to sell 250,000 cars in three months are now deluged with nearly twice that many applications seeking more than $2 billion in rebates after less than one month. Only 7 percent of the rebates have been paid, leaving many auto dealers out millions of dollars. Dealers were supposed to be repaid within 10 days.
If the government can't run a simple program to pay dealers for getting crappy cars of the street (seriously, how easier can it get?), how can we have any faith that it can effectively deal with something as complex, expensive, and personal as health care? The multiple failures of this program serve as harbingers of doom for government running bigger programs, and that has folks uneasy.

This lack of understanding is taking its toll with Obama's poll numbers, which have just gone to a new low:

Likewise, they're taking their toll on rank and file legislators as well, as this Marine clearly points out:

The failed stimulus programs, failed Cash for Clunkers, the USPS - how many examples do American citizens need that the LAST place where we can turn for effective administration of our lives, be they simple or complex, is government?

1 comment:

  1. I feel the same way. The health care program will be 2000 times larger than the cash for clunkers. It was also underfunded. When has the government ever run anything effectively.


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