by Chris Haire
Anybody that knows me well knows that L. Ron Hubbard is a hero of mine. In fact, the science fiction author and founder of Scientology has shaped me in ways that are so numerous that if I tried to detail them all, the result would be an epic blog post the likes of which the industrious L. Ron himself could not have posted.
The simple truth is L. Ron was an author, a philisopher, a humanitarian, a scientist, a musician, an explorer, and many more equally impressive nouns. For me, L. Ron ranks right up there with P.T. Barnum and media hoaxster Joey Skaggs.
Now, I can't say the same about the Rev. Moon, the founder of the Moonies. Well, the Rev. Moon is also the publisher of right-wing daily The Washington Times. And while many prominent Republican lawmakers apparrently appreciate Moon's political bent and with providing them a mouthpiece, they tend to overlook that whole Moonie thing.
You can add Mark Sanford to that list.
Today, Gov. Sanford has an op-ed on health care that's worth reading. Here's a teaser:
We believe there's benefit to decoupling employment from health insurance coverage by ridding the system of tax preferences for health care. This single change would reduce health expenditures hundreds of billions of dollars while easing the burden of health costs on businesses. A great unspoken truth is that health benefits from employers come at the expense of employees' take-home pay. Raising lost wages would be the first of many benefits to American workers and their families from delinking health insurance and employment.
Interesting proposal, right? Of course, we know that many folks — perhaps you're one of them — would choose not to get health insurance, you know, so that you could have an extra buck or two in your wallet. Of course, once you get seriously ill, you go to the doc and they have to treat you (damn that Hippocratic Oath) ... guess who gets stuck with the bill — everybody. Awesome.
The end result isn't much different than if we had universal health care. It's kind of like how communism and fascism end up being pretty much the same thing.