One of my favorite characters from FT's of yesteryear was Mr David Crow, he was a wealthy man from Louisiana who had multiple FC AFC and also won the National with NFC AFC Happy Playboys Pearl...he would dress in either a tweed or houndstooth jacket, sometimes including a shirt and tie and wear hats ala Tom Landry..heck of a generous gentleman to me and my brother..his idea of slumming would be to wear a turtleneck under a sportcoat with leather sleeve patches
I think the only echoes may be in her head...
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us to no end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
C S Lewis
I hate to bring this thread back on topic but ….
UB, The latest reports from Minnesota indicate that health care spending accounts for nearly 14 percent of the state's economy at $37.7 billion. The 2011 data also indicate that health care costs slowed to the smallest increase since 1997.
Even at your reported higher costs, the cost of the exchange will be 0.01432 percent (14/1000th of one percent) of annual health care spending in the state. The exchanges are a great idea to provide consumers with access to a variety of private insurance programs in a competitive marketplace. If the private marketplace competition works, it would sure seem that this tiny fraction of annual health care costs could be easily recovered. In addition, I wonder how much savings will be recovered by small and large businesses who now spend quite a few dollars on their own negotiating and administrating insurance enrollment for employees.
I for one am glad my state took the initiative to develop our own exchange rather than depend on the federal government.