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Healthcare, Jobs, and Natural Gas

October 10th, 2009

What are the top three things Congress is concerned about right now? Healthcare, cap and trade, and um, well healthcare. This is ridiculous. I am incredibly sick of the healthcare debate, and that is partly why I haven’t been writing much recently. It’s just not interesting anymore and it is the only thing being talked about. So after telling how sick I am of the healthcare debate, this is going to be an article about healthcare. Though it might be a different angle than most have been writing about.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

This is what should be the top priority for Congress right now. The point is, until we create some jobs and have some economic growth we don’t have enough money to pay for healthcare or any of the other crap they want to do right now. So job creation is what they should be focused on. What does this have to do with healthcare? Well, other than we need it to be able to pay for healthcare, this healthcare debate is slowing our economic growth and keeping people out of jobs.

CEO’s do not like uncertainty and they do not like risk. Healthcare provides a lot of uncertainty right now and CEO’s aren’t going to want to hire a bunch of employees when they have no idea how much they are going to cost them. Right now, hiring people is a bigger risk than it has to be. Congress needs to stop wasting time on this and come to an agreement. Focusing on something like creating an infrastructure for our trucks to run on natural gas would be a much better use of their time. This would be a worthy goal for us to pursue unlike the terrible healthcare options we currently have.

Energy independence, job creation, cheaper fuel for our vehicles. Those sound like good options to me. Government run healthcare, mounting job losses, and a struggling economy. Those don’t sound as great. It wouldn’t even be that hard. Start using natural gas for the post office trucks. You simply have to put a single station at each office. The trucks fill up before they leave and when they get back. This starts putting an infrastructure in place, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. Then you start putting natural gas in truck stops across the country and trucks that run the same route can easily switch to natural gas. This reduces our dependence on oil greatly.

At this point you have enough infrastructure in place that the marketplace can take over. People will buy natural gas cars just like they buy hybrid cars. It is a cheaper fuel that is more “green.” What’s not to like. Congress needs to stop working on healthcare and start working on something useful that has a chance to be a success.

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  1. John Freeman
    October 10th, 2009 at 21:18 | #1

    You’re expecting too much out of Congress. They are not innovators, they are interventionists. They need to get out of the way, i.e. repeal some obstacles, and let the American people solve these problems for themselves.

  2. October 10th, 2009 at 21:42 | #2

    I agree with that almost 100%. However, natural gas would be an infrastructure problem which is the governments job to solve. Private industry just can’t build something like that. Once they get it to a certain point, or if they put in some incentives for trucking companies to do it then private business will step in and finish it off, but in this case the government needs to start the ball rolling.

  3. John Freeman
    October 10th, 2009 at 21:57 | #3

    Well, we didn’t need the government to build the infrastructure for gasoline-fueled cars. I’d rather see a variety of different options attempted in a market of free enterprise, letting the best rise out of natural selection, rather than government bureaucrats, under the influence of lobbyists, trying to guess. We all know how that usually turns out.

    Besides, “infrastructure” is not the domain of the national government, per the Constitution, with the particular exception of post roads.

  4. Jeffrey Savage
    October 10th, 2009 at 22:23 | #4

    national debt and the expansion of the federal govt (and taxes) are always the top of my list.

  5. October 12th, 2009 at 07:33 | #5

    Congress thinks they can do no wrong. They believe they no better than the American public. They believe that if they pass healthcare, they can always raise taxes to pay for it. If it increase unemployment? Well, they will just raise taxes to cover that.