Video: Health Care Hoops

posted at 1:36 pm on November 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve tried to make this point a few times in the debate over a government-run private option, but this video from the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest gets it across in an entertaining and clear manner. Public-option advocates insist that they only want to provide competition to insurers by providing a government-run insurance plan, but that means that the regulator will also be competing in the marketplace. I’ve used the analogy of having Wal-Mart take the place of the FTC; no matter how ethical Wal-Mart may or may not be, they will make decisions in regulation that benefit themselves and burden their competition. But the basketball analogy works better visually:

Incidentally, anyone doubting the end result of having a government “option” should recall what the Obama administration and Democrats want to do with student loans. That went from a government-encouraged private market, to a market with a government “option” (direct loans), to a single-payer loan system if the Senate passes the House bill as expected. And that is exactly what will happen with health care, too, once the refs start playing the game themselves.


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I like the ref with the alley-oop.

BadgerHawk on November 19, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Well done.

Maquis on November 19, 2009 at 1:41 PM

brilliant!

moonbatkiller on November 19, 2009 at 1:47 PM

The government team was too talented. They should have missed a bunch of layups.

Ted Torgerson on November 19, 2009 at 1:47 PM

I’ve used the analogy of having Wal-Mart take the place of the FTC;

That’s a good analogy – but it would be more like Walmart controls the Federal Trade Commission.

The Statist Democrats would go ballistic over something like that, but somehow they can’t see a problem the other way around.

Remember the old saying about the Fox in the chicken koop?

Juno77 on November 19, 2009 at 1:48 PM

LOL the ref was awesome, especially when he whistled traveling at the guy just standing there dribbling.

Nice job.

Good Lt on November 19, 2009 at 1:56 PM

The private sector did some slimy stuff with student loans, and that’s not right.

I’m very much in favor of returning to the GSL program. I went to school on it. My former husband did. It was an excellent program, and we repaid every penny.

And we’ve paid a heck of a lot more in taxes because of that education, too.

AnninCA on November 19, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Good metaphor. Guess that’s what’s necessary to reach the Obamabots. (Well, maybe not them, that would take Tina Fey.) But maybe the left-leaning independents.

Christian Conservative on November 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM

The funniest part is that upon “victory,” the Obamacrats would run around doing endzone dances like they were “better” while they held others to different rules that they didn’t follow.

They cheat, and then pretend that cheating and winning on a level playing field are the same thing.

And with no private sector to compete with, what would that team end up doing? Standing around not playing. Staring at each other. NOT DOING ANYTHING. Which is what the government will be doing.

Good Lt on November 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM

The private sector government did some slimy stuff withrequiring student sub-prime loans, and that’s not right.

FTFY.

By the way, the same government that caused the housing bubble just nationalized the student loan industry.

Feel better?

Good Lt on November 19, 2009 at 2:03 PM

I can’t get the video here, but a good analogy would be having the government team shoot at a basket 6 feet off the ground, and are allowed to tackle their opponents, while the private insurers shoot at a basket 20 feet off the ground, playing with their ankles tied together.

Steve Z on November 19, 2009 at 2:04 PM

AnninCA, another question.

Snark aside, why do you think the cost of higher education keeps going up?

Republicans? The “private sector?” “Social injustice?”

This is a question of prices. There’s your hint.

Let me know what you think.

Good Lt on November 19, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Dude! I’d donate money to have that played on national TV during the Superbowl or something. Awesomely awesome!!!

Yakko77 on November 19, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Let me know what you think.

Good Lt on November 19, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Prices just increase. In CA, it’s going up because state revenues are down. Cuts have to be made. Costs are passed on.

But that doesn’t negate the value of the GSL program. It was a mistake to privatize that one. It’s the smartest investment you can make in people.

AnninCA on November 19, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Would have been better to have the ref acting legit at the beginning, “regulating” two competing teams.

In the middle of the game, have him suit up with the government team, play for them, while still calling fouls on the competition. Oh, and give him another power even refs don’t have: he can change the rules whenever he wants.

jeanneb on November 19, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Pick n’ Roll!

yoda on November 19, 2009 at 2:08 PM

LOL! That’s a great analogy video.

About student loans, when you watch It’s a Winderful Life this coming season, notice how the Bailey’s paid for college back then. Hint, they did not take a loan.

WashJeff on November 19, 2009 at 2:09 PM

This site is dead, dead, dead.

I’m checking out here.

AnninCA on November 16, 2009 at 2:47 PM

It’s (HotAir) alive! It’s alive! ;-)

WashJeff on November 19, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Not effective.

Before the Government team started cheating they were portrayed as already being more effective than the Private team.

Liberals will walk away from this saying the private team sucked, they deserved to lose.

Thune on November 19, 2009 at 2:10 PM

“…anyone doubting the end result of having a government “option” should recall what the Obama administration and Democrats want to do with student loans. “

Also recall the quick, thuggish reaction to the insurance companies releasing their findings that health premiums would go up. In a heartbeat, Congress began steps to strip them of their anti-trust exemptions. It wasn’t pretty.

jeanneb on November 19, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Prices just increase.

Nope.

The reason that prices NEVER go down in higher education is because…wait for it…there is no incentive for them to go down. There is no true competition.

No matter what the school charges, the government will make sure that the school gets paid through it’s no-limit, anybody-can-get-them student loan programs. College cost $48,000 per year? No problem – here’s a few loans from Uncle Sam.

From the school’s standpoint, that’s a win. They get paid. The student gets counted in the enrollment #s. Good PR. Everybody’s happy, right?

Well, everyone except for the student upon graduation (huge debt pile to start life with) and the incoming generations, for whom school will get progressively (giggle) more expensive and add more to their debt load. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle.

If schools can make money no matter what they charge, they’ll charge more. And they do. Every year. And all the while, the mostly-Democrats and their kin who run these places and pretend that college is the Be-All-End-All in American civil life whine about the price increases and that it’s a “right” to go to them.

A right that costs the taxpayer tens of thousands of dollars per student each year. Multiplied out over the economy by millions and millions of people.

Ironically, this model is how the Obamacrats and the left appear to think that price control and free market capitalism operates.

Good Lt on November 19, 2009 at 2:15 PM

I have tried to explain this to lefty friends and they just won’t admit that it doesn’t make sense. Let’s see if the visual helps. I’m betting not.
THANKS!

JeffinOrlando on November 19, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Prices just increase.
AnninCA on November 19, 2009 at 2:07 PM

No, prices go up because there is more money available to pay them i.e. student loan programs.

Let’s pretend you’re selling widgets, and you’d like to make a handsome profit of £20 on each, but people can only afford to spend £10 each, if you tried to sell them at the higher prices not many could buy them.

But if the government came along with a ‘widget’ allowance of £20, you could raise the price to £25 or even £30 and you and the consumer would come out as winners – they only losers would be the taxpayers.

Juno77 on November 19, 2009 at 2:19 PM

It’s the smartest investment you can make in people.

AnninCA on November 19, 2009 at 2:07 PM

It is not government’s role to “invest” in people. It is government’s role to give people the opportunity to invest in themselves.

Even those who join the military are not the beneficiary of an investment, they are being trained because the government is investing in national security. Government is not some social services organization with unlimited funds and limits as to what they can do for “the good” of the individual. It is more than time to go back to limited government starting with the end of all federal funding for education (a state/local matter)- an easy fix that would recapture millions of wasted dollars.

highhopes on November 19, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Related video featuring Jabba the Hutt as the public option: http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/10/bloated-slothful-star-wars-celebrity.html

Mervis Winter on November 19, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Yo! AnninCA:

Did you understand that analogy, I just wrote off the top of my head, but I was trying to explain how those prices go up.

I’m not necessarily against helping kids get and education, but it shouldn’t be such that it inflates tuition.

Juno77 on November 19, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Let’s see, we’re the 1st quarter of the Obama’s administration political [term] game and the team Obama starters already have committed enough back court fouls to allow the opposing team members abundant opportunities to make free throws. Is our current problem we face now that team Obama is on the verge of fouling out or maybe that the opposing team keeps on missing most of their attempts at free throw line. Maybe this game was rigged from the start and the ref won’t blow the whistle on anymore fouls committed by team Obama. Maybe if the opposing team had made more points while at the free throw line earlier in the game, the opposing team would be in the lead now instead of trailing. Hoping that the ref will call a fair game for the remainder of the game is wishful thinking on the opposition team part. Maybe it’s time for the opposition team to call for a full court press forcing team Obama to commit errors. Even the ref can’t prevent the opposition team from doing that.

P.S. Basketball sucks.

Americannodash on November 19, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Money$

This sent a tingle up my leg!

jdsmith0021 on November 19, 2009 at 2:51 PM

I’m not so sure the black dudes should have been the antagonists in this video… I’m just saying… didn’t anyone think about how that might come across?

Advocate For Change on November 19, 2009 at 3:36 PM

My high school students liked this one. Send it out to as many young people as you can…we need to tell them how sorry we are that it has come to this, but that they need to stay informed and help us fight this monster!

redwhiteblue on November 19, 2009 at 4:17 PM

I’m not so sure the black dudes should have been the antagonists in this video… I’m just saying… didn’t anyone think about how that might come across?

Advocate For Change on November 19, 2009 at 3:36 PM

If it didn’t bother the black dudes, it doesn’t bother me.

Ronnie on November 19, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Juno77, great analogy. When I was in college almost 20 years ago, I had a college prof who told us the best way to get tuition to drop was to eliminate student aid. I was aghast at the time until I started looking at what he said. It was basic economics. He still works there and he is still a rare breed there. Econ 101 AnnaCA

duggersd on November 19, 2009 at 6:18 PM

The private sector did some slimy stuff with student loans, and that’s not right.

I’m very much in favor of returning to the GSL program. I went to school on it. My former husband did. It was an excellent program, and we repaid every penny.

And we’ve paid a heck of a lot more in taxes because of that education, too.

AnninCA on November 19, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Yah that private sector did some slimy stuff like….expecting to be paid back some day.

Sapwolf on November 20, 2009 at 12:19 AM

LOL the ref was awesome, especially when he whistled traveling at the guy just standing there dribbling.

Nice job.

Good Lt on November 19, 2009 at 1:56 PM

That’s when I started laughing out loud. That was a funny demonstration.

Blacksmith8 on November 20, 2009 at 2:09 PM