• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Is the death of private health care a foregone conclusion?

Hi, its me, your friendly neighborhood devil’s advocate again!

I pose the above question in response to a well-reasoned argument by a well-known commentator, Dean Edell. He’s an MD-turned-talk-show host. Very smart and reasonable guy so it’s hard to argue with his reasoning.

His argument is that he does not believe a government run option that “competes” with the private health care system will necessarily bring down the private system and we will not be on a single payer system as a result. He doesn’t advocate a government option per se, but doesn’t rail against it either. If a single-payer system is what the government is surreptitiously aiming for, that is a different story, but for the time being, let’s consider Dr. Edell’s logic.

He uses the analogy of the post office vs. FedEx and UPS. The post office could put FedEx and UPS out of business if it wanted to. Just match services (which it attempts to do anyway), drop prices and subsidize operations from taxpayer revenue (surreptitiously, of course). This would work for a little while, perhaps long enough to put UPS/FedEx out of business.

So why hasn’t the post office eliminated UPS/FedEx? Basically, it would be much too costly and would be a useless exercise. For one thing most obviously, the postal service is not a very efficient avenue through which the government can gain ultimate control of the people (the ulterior motive, of course). Needing Uncle Sam to heal us is a much more efficient way. Secondly, there are simply too many smart entrepreneurs for the postal office to compete with (none of whom work for the USPS). Ultimately, private mail services would return in any case.

Thus, it is Dr. Edell’s argument that the fear of government destroying the private health care system is overblown. The old addage “you get what you pay for” will always ring true. I would rather pay twice as much for a car I can rely on instead of a Yugo (or soon-to-be Government Motors hybrid). Similarly, private insurance will not go away – even if it does it will come back in some form ultimately. It will most likely remain and we who actually want medical assistance will pay for it. Others will see what they have bought (nothing) and opt for the more expensive option – private health care.

Obama argues that the public option will force private insurers to become more efficient. He is being disingenuous as we all painfully know. The artificial pressure of lower costs will only lower the overall quality and quantity of care. Private insurers will indeed feel even more pressure to become more efficient – they already do – so Obama has a convoluted point. But there will be those providers, like the Mayo clinic, who will be all the more highly regarded and we will willingly pay more. Obama wants to “level the playing field”, but he will only further separate the haves from the have-nots.

Private insurance will not go away.

For your consideration and comment.