The underlying theme here is govt "giving money". A number of posters defend the subsidies by saying it's just them getting part of THEIR tax dollars back and pointing to "liberals" giving money away via welfare.
In reality, the government can't "give" anything since it wasn't their money in the first place. If I work hard and grow a crop or make something with my labor and then "give" it to you, that's a "give". If I "take" $20 from you (taxes) and then give you back $10, that's not "giving".
Plus, there's an inefficiency to govt being involved in anything. Bureaucrats must be hired to administer these programs and the paperwork burden for recipients is non-value-added.
The health-care system is a perfect example. In times gone by, my parents would go to the doctor, get a bill and pay it, just lie we do when we buy groceries, get our cars fixed, get a haircuit, etc. Today, there are huge inefficiencies in the 3rd pary payer system. How many people are needed to code the services, submit the bills to an insurance company or Medicare, process the bill on the payer side, verify the codes are correct, etc. The system is setup perfectly for fraud.
Now, if I handed the check to a doctor directly and eliminate all the middlemen, there would be no possibility for fraud, waste, errors, etc.
Having govt more involved in our lives is never more efficient.
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