Monday, June 25, 2007

Who Likes Mike?

Ed Rollins likes Mike.

This ex-Ross Perot campaigner just can't help himself, he likes mavericks and cheers former NY mayor Bloomberg on in "Come on In, Mike. It Could Be a Wild Ride."

Changing horses from Republican to Independent has worked successfully before, but only at the state level. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) did it in the last election after the Democratic primary voters threw him out because of his pro-Iraq war, Bush-hugging ways.

So what are Bloomberg's chances? Rollins insightfully reviews and compares other Independent candidate campaigns and decides.... "Bully for Bloomberg."


elgringocolombiano said...

BTW TH, have you seen Sicko yet? What's your take?

A few US right-wingers have criticized Sicko by bringing up cases in Norway or Canada where people died (or would have died if not paying for their own private treatment).

My sense is that US deaths due to insurance denial or no insurance have got to be 10X+ more common than the Norway/Canada example. In other words Canada, if imperfect, is still much better than the US system.

However it seems to me that in either system, it's good to have 100K or 1M in savings to hedge against the catastrophic life-or-death healthcare cost, that the lame healthcare provider, whether private or govt, may not provide.

In most of human history, people physically needed to find food to live. All of the other animals still have this problem. It looks now that everyone will have to save money for health care in addtion to their supposed insurance IN ORDER TO LIVE. Doing so may make the difference bt dying at 50 vs 80.

Truth Hunter said...

elgingocolombiano, Haven't seen Sicko yet, but plan to do so. But, without even seeing it I give it a thumbs up because it furthers the conversation about the state of our health care.

I lived under the Canadian system for a few years. The problem with their type of medical plan is that it takes the $$ incentive away from the physicians, and human nature being what it is, the level of care generally suffered. Those wanting top-notch care went to the U.S. if they could afford it.

That was quite a few years ago. Now I sense just from our experience locally, that while our medical care may generally still be quite good, there isn't enough of it to go around. Longer and longer wait times, even for serious medical problems.

You are right, the best plan is to have a big $$ cushion to fall back on. Sadly, for too many now an unreachable goal.