That’s Right Nate

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Obama Wants to Run Health Care Like the University of Michigan

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If President Obama has his way, public and private insurance programs will compete against each other in a socialist system not unlike college football’s Bowl Championship Series.   The way that Obama put the public vs. private competition was to compare it to mail delivery, “I think private insurers should be able to compete…I mean. If you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.”

I look at the way that private and public institutions compete and I look at the way that private companies like Aquafina kick tap water’s ass or the way that cabs are better than buses, and while charter schools score considerably lower than traditional public schools on national tests we all know school isn’t just about testing.

To me, the best analogy for comparing the public option is to compare the University of Michigan and public schools of its ilk to private universities like Liberty University or Hampshire College.   Now granted, a student at U of M is going to be spending $40,000 less per year than a Hampshire student, but Hampshire allows its students a chance to design their own educational program while Michigan students get rationed education based on what the administration believes they should have.   If you are not making significant progress towards graduation, the University of Michigan will eventually kick you out just like a death panel.  If you are lucky enough to get a diploma, who is going to hire you with a Michigan diploma?

For the lucky student at Hampshire College, you know you are on your way to future success like PBS commentator Ellen Fitzpatrick or Joe Minton and Robert Eng who created Game Table Online when they discovered a need for nerds to be able to play Risk despite living in their parents’ basement in homes a continent apart.  Hampshire not only gives a first rate college education, but provides a large number of opportunities for it’s students.  It can do that because it’s not burdened down with government bureaucrats like the ones at University of Michigan.

As a safety school, I guess the University of Michigan is OK, but the school fails in all areas.  The academics are suspect at best and their entire course catalogue doesn’t offer a single class in creationist studies.  On top of that, Michigan’s football team was a joke last year.  They brought over Rich Rodriguez to run the spread offense despite that fact that many top recruits don’t want to play in the spread.   How do we know that Obama won’t do the same thing to aspiring doctors who will go to practice in other countries because of Obama’s policies?  We must act now before we wind up with a substandard University of Michigan type health care.


Written by thatsrightnate

August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm

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  1. Neither can compete with Notre Dame because God made the Irish number 1. I think we should just put the Holy Father in charge of healthcare. He clearly knows how to manage money and his diagnoses would never be wrong.


    August 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm

  2. Did you hear anything from Lola?


    August 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm

  3. Keep the papist stuff off our blog. Lola said where she’d be in her last message.


    August 21, 2009 at 9:22 pm

  4. yes, But I miss her contributions to this blog. She’s a wise Latina and one spicy tamale!


    August 22, 2009 at 5:43 am

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