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By Steve Cornett
You students of farm policy should take the time to go read Michael Pollan’s thoughts on the health care debate this morning. It’s at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/opinion/10pollan.html.
To sum it up, he thinks requiring health insurance companies to offer universal coverage, as the president wants to do, will cause them to put their lobbyists to work at ending grain subsidies. So that would be an intended consequence of universal health insurance.
Mr. Pollan may have a jaundiced view of how American politics work, but he has a large and—more importantly, influential—following. They blame post-Depression farm policies for a lot of problems, including fat kids, high health care costs, global warming and poor fishing at the mouth of the Mississippi.
I’m not here to argue one way or the other. It’s just a take I haven’t heard at the coffee shop, and thought you might find of interest.
Lets turn the health care system over to the government. We did it with agriculture. Than we can find a price for their services that are below cost of production, and develop some programs where they can just so barely stay afloat. Kind of like ldp payments, if the prices for their services drop too much. The only reason premiums have quadrupled the last few years is because they somehow have been given the right to quadruple the price for their services. Kind of like asking for parity prices for farmers 9.00 corn, 17.00 soybeans etc. Just an opinion
Taxes on soda (sugar) and fat (beef) would be pitched as a revenue source to compensate the insurance companies for taking on all comers without regard to current health.
The ins cos are going to need some subsidy if they are to take on high risk, and the taxes I mention would be a start.
Pollan blames abundant food for half the ills of mankind. I always thought abundant food was good.
Steve You sure know how to bait a trap to catch the real wackos. Is this a game or do you just attract then naturally