FedEx and UPS compete with the US Postal Service?! Come on, Obama. Everyone knows that overnight service is just one aspect of mail delivery. You can't walk up to a FedEx box with a letter that has a stamp that cost you only 44 cents and send it to the other side of the country in just a few days.
Rather than grasp for these poor examples of how private industry competes with the government -- why not switch it up altogether? Rather than continue beating the dying horse known as Obamacare (you know, that 1000+ pages bill that you haven't actually read) -- why not have a look at other successful models in the private market?
Two CEOs have stepped forward to present their own ideas for health care reform. Op-eds by Steven Burd, the CEO of Safeway, and John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, have appeared in the Wall Street Journal in which they explain the plans that their respective companies use to secure health care for all their employees who wish to have coverage -- while also cutting costs. They make a case that these methods can be applied to health care reform for the whole nation.
The proposals they make are similar to those presented by conservative pundits, but these two men have the advantage of showing that these models work, as their own employees are benefitting from these plans without bankrupting their companies in the process.
But are these men's proposals being given due consideration by liberals? To the contrary -- rather than actually examine these plans, and perhaps make suggestions about tweaks that can be made... Nope, instead there has been a call to boycott Whole Foods. For the crime of suggesting that there is another way -- even though it's a way that has been successfully put into practice (actually more likely the crime of daring to disagree with their Beloved Leader) -- the President's supporters are going to look elsewhere for their organic milk and alfalfa sprouts.
Now, I think we have to remember that these plans are working with healthy, employable people. Many of the uninsured in the U.S. don't fall into that category -- people with severe health problems that prevent them from being gainfully employed. But that doesn't apply to the vast majority of the citizens of this country.
If the supporters of Obamacare used these examples as a starting point, certainly we can come up with a system that will work for everyone. If they just use those open minds of theirs and actually look these ideas over, they may see another way that will still meet their goals without raising the ire of over half of the country, that can be paid for, and that won't turn into yet another bureaucratic boondoggle.