If I were a democrat, I would vote for Bernie Sanders on moral principal. Hillary is simply nonsensical.
Am I missing something, or is it fair to say that if you were a Democrat, you would know how to spell?
Robert Kuttner on government regulation (The Washington Post op-ed page, December 12, 1995):
[In medical care, for example,] the consumer may have no practical alternative. Caveat emptor is pretty thin armor. An elderly patient in a nursing home with a feeding tube is not exactly a sovereign consumer.
And Amy E. Schwartz on Dr. Paul Ellwood, "who is credited with laying the intellectual basis for managed care" and who began "admitting children with learning disabilities for diagnostic stays that would be paid for by insurance." Schwartz quotes Ellwood from a December 8, 1996 New York Times Magazine article, "But What About Quality?, (by Lisa Belkin): "I had done this not because it was best for the kids, but because of the perverse incentives in that system." (The Washington Post op-ed page, March 17, 1997)
Perverse incentives? As opposed to, say a perverse response to existing options? [Regardless of your views, one can't help but] be spooked by this image of a man who could decide - for whatever financial "incentive" - to fill his clinic ward with children he knows don't need to be there. If the right amount of money will induce a person to hospitalize kids who should be home, how much money is the right amount to keep him from doing so?
And we are already doing it that way - makers of the military hardware and supplies are all private (and competing with each other).
And NASA doesn't already do this? Since I went to work for General Electric's Space Division in 1982, the NASA projects I worked on were bid on by and awarded to private contractors. For the most part, NASA provided contract oversight, not hardware or software expertise. (In the case of GE, 3 or 4 years after I started, the defense side of the Space Division was caught doing "creative" bookkeeping. The Space Division was prohibited from bidding on government contracts and our NASA branch finished up a commercial system and closed up shop. A similar case happened in the 1980s when Rockwell or someone went overbudget on their defense contracts and started charging the overages to their Shuttle contracts. Oh, those wonderful private defense contractors
Furthermore, NASA makes their technology available to private companies at no or little cost. In the case of the GE commercial system I worked on, we reused the entire image processing ground system software we had developed for NASA. (It was a very large system with an incredible amount of intellectual property in the image processing software alone--and NASA gave it away.) At a later company I worked for, we built our company's flagship product (used both on military and commerical projects) on satellite control center software we had previously developed for NASA. (And other companies made use of the original software as well. It's funny how companies aren't strict ideologues about "We Built That!" when it comes to getting something for free.) Do private military contractors offer such a return on investment to the private sector?
A man is known by the company he organizes. -- Ambrose Bierce