posted on Sep, 18 2011 @ 11:39 PM
reply to post by gentledissident
At this point we can't afford national healthcare. The ratio of workers to retirees has gone from something like 11:1 when Social Security was
created, to what will soon be 1:1. Add to that all the foreign aid, overseas military spending, what we all owe the federal reserve (over $100,000
each), state taxes to pay for our local services, etc. etc. etc. We're up s__t creek without a paddle already, and the money isn't going to be there
to fund ANY social services programs soon.
Ron Paul wants to attempt to fix the healthcare system, and allow more competition by permitting nurses and naturopathic providers to take a role in
routine care, which would drive the costs of routine care down so people could even pay for it themselves, and buy catastrophic health insurance for
much less than a typical plan. But, in the meantime, since he has made it clear on numerous occasions that he knows he can't come in and change
everything overnight, he wants to end the wars and cut spending overseas, and use half the money saved to pay down the debt, and the other half to
fund Medicare, Social Security, etc. He wants to slowly transition the system and allow young people to opt out of those programs. States would be
able to implement there own systems as well if the people choose to do so, as eLPresidente said. With a smaller federal government there would be more
money for the state governments to implement systems that work for them.
And I'm not a "conservative", I voted for Obama last election. I'm an independent.
edit on 18-9-2011 by 27jd because: (no reason