I believe that the Democrats are guilty of two major misrepresentations. The first is that they are trying to reform health care to rein in costs. This is not their motivation. Their goal is to expand coverage, and to hell with the costs. But this doesn't make a very good bumper sticker, especially in times of fiscal crisis. They might lose votes if they admitted the real agenda. Now on the surface of it, expanding coverage might be a noble goal, but they plan to do it by taking money out of the pockets of people who have health insurance to give free or subsidized coverage to those who don't. They will take the money and/or reduce the benefits of the haves to give it to the have nots. From each according to his ability; to each according to his need. We've seen this movie before. It doesn't have a happy ending. The Communists tried it. Socialists all over the globe are still trying it today. Canada and Great Britain have health care systems to demonstrate what kind of results you can achieve with this redistribution of wealth. The Democrats claim that their approach would save money. This would be a worthwhile effort if this was true. The cost of health care has gone up much faster than the overall inflation rate, and costs have the potential to put a tremendous burden on the economy going forward. Medicare alone is a system on life support as our obligation to seniors for future care far outpaces our capacity to finance the promised benefits. There was a time when Republicans tried to act responsibly and address the huge imbalances in entitlement budgets. But Democrats demagogued the plans, telling seniors that," The Republicans are trying to take away your Social Security and Medicare." Today the roles are reversed. Its the Republicans who are now trying to rally support among seniors to defeat Democrat health reform by spreading fear of Medicare cuts. I'm quite disappointed in this approach. I'm sure the Democrats are right about there being a huge amount of waste in Medicare. That doesn't mean I think they have the cajones to tackle the problem with anything more than rhetoric. And someday the grownups are going to have to do something to trim Medicare down to a program we can afford. When that day arrives, we're going to be deluged with YouTube clips of those same politicians speaking out against cutting Medicare during the current dispute. Exposing their hypocrisy will only rob them of the credibility they will need to be effective in reforming a badly flawed Medicare bureaucracy. There aren't a lot of politicians covering themselves with glory in the arena of health care policy. And if you don't believe that Medicare is rife with waste and maybe even fraud, then explain to me how the Scooter Store can inundate the airwaves with commercials promising practically every senior a new Scooter or Power Chair with Medicare picking up the tab.Cato Institute. The stated mission of the Cato Institute is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, and individual liberty, and peace. So they are a libertarian think tank offering policy solutions that focus on avoiding the heavy hand of government. The audio clip provides an assessment of the current status of the Democratic legislation in Congress, and a sampling of market oriented alternatives for purchasing health insurance and health care services. I've said that the Republicans have a plan, but it is probably more accurate to say that the Republicans have adopted a plan based on the libertarian principles listed above in bold type. In my opinion, Republicans betrayed their constituents and their principles in the last administration by becoming a party of big government, not limited government. The only means by which they can redeem themselves in my mind is to return to the libertarian principles they used to stand for. Health care policy would be a great way to start. Listen to the clip below. Its under ten minutes long. See if you don't agree that a broader dissemination of these ideas among the voters of this country would be a powerful argument in this debate.