Last week, President Obama said I didn't have to worry about a government health care plan putting private carriers out of business and said that FedEx and UPS -- both private companies -- were profitable and the Post Office wasn't.
Doesn't that seem like a good reason to not let government take over health care? And don't take my word for it — take a look at what the Daily show's Jon Stewart had to say:
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JON STEWART, HOST: Isn't there a simple way to explain to the people that government programs can work pretty well, yet not threaten the solvency of private companies that they are competing against?
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: People say, well, how can a private company compete against the government? If you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. Right? No, they are. It's the Post Office that's always having problems.
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STEWART: Really not a good lede for government-run health care. Next time I would try something like: The Post Office is great, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for FedEx and UPS.
Of course, I'm not the most gifted orator of our times.
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When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast back in 2005, the government couldn't get people off their roofs or the interstate bridges for over four days or even get a bottle of water to them. And they want me to trust them to take over my health care?
While the government was struggling to get organized, a private company, Walmart was getting supplies to the victims and delivering equipment to the scene. That's when it hit me: Maybe we should let Walmart run health care. They are still showing a profit, even in the recession, while the government is racking up trillions in debt and little to show for it.
Walmart's pretty good at keeping prices low, but giving consumers what they want and then standing behind what they sell. If the lines get long, they open up more lines to keep customers from waiting.
So, what about letting Walmart fix health care instead of believing Washington will do it? Short lines, low prices, wide variety of services, outlets available almost everywhere and mostly open 24 hours a day. I admit, it might be a bit unsettling to hear a store announcement that when Dr. Jones is finished assisting a customer with a hammer purchase in hardware, he's needed to perform a tracheotomy in aisle 4 -- but health care would certainly be accessible and affordable.
I love Walmart and they are headquartered in my home state, but I'm not really suggesting that they ought to run the entire health care industry. But if it were between Walmart and Washington, I'd pick Walmart. I know I've gotten a lot better bargains for my money there, and if I don't like something, I can take it back for a full refund. I'd sure like a money-back guarantee for my tax dollars from the government, but that's not happening.
Until the government demonstrates they can deliver water bottles to stranded people, I don't think I want them deciding how to deliver babies.
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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was a 2016 Republican candidate for president of the United States.