I don’t mind health reform. In fact, I believe we need it. But when reform bills fund projects that already exist, or fund special projects for other non-health care professionals, like lawyers, I have to wonder what Congress is doing.
The recently passed House bill (H.R. 3962 pdf) contains a multitude of grants and “demonstration projects.” I wasn’t sure what some of these grants were meant to support, so I looked them up. I was surprised to find that many of the grants duplicate programs or departments already in place. While this list is by no means comprehensive, I thought I would provide a few comments on a few of these grants shown in italics): Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Dr. Wes*
DrRich has not read the healthcare reform bill (HR 3962) passed by the US House of Representatives late Saturday night, and he does not plan to. He spent far too much time this summer wading through the prior version of the bill (HR 3200), only to conclude that it did not say anything in particular, but rather, was intentionally vague on most key points. The new bill, being nearly twice the length of HR 3200, must necessarily be twice as vague.
So that anyone hoping for DrRich’s analysis of the new bill won’t go away disappointed, he offers here an observation on the new bill, which, he asserts, you can take to the bank.
The observation originates from James Madison, the primary architect of the US Constitution (and ironically, a founder of the Democratic Party). It is an observation DrRich quoted this past summer in reference to HR 3200. It holds doubly well here:
“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood…” – The Federalist #62 Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at The Covert Rationing Blog*