Posted by: Rick | Saturday, November 12, 2011

Constant Vigilance Is The Price Of Living Among Republicans

Mitt Romney is no different from Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell or Newt Gingrich. None of them can stand the idea that some rich guy somewhere isn’t making a buck off somebody’s health care needs:

Talking with the veterans about the challenge of navigating the Veterans Affairs bureaucracy to get their health care benefits after they leave active duty, Romney suggested a way to improve the system would be to privatize it.

“Sometimes you wonder, would there be someway to introduce some private sector competition, somebody else that could come in and say, you know, each soldier gets X thousand dollars attributed to them and then they can choose whether they want to go on the government system or the private system and then it follows them, like what happens with schools in Florida where they have a voucher that follows them. Who knows.”

The idea is similar to Romney’s plan for Medicare, which wold allow recipients to choose a private plan instead of the classic government-run health care structure.

They’re never going to stop trying to privatize everything that moves.

UPDATE: Krugman fills in the sickening details.

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