No, Newt was a champion of conservatism in most things, but never an across the board champion of conservatism. Newt is reasonable when he's dealing with keeping the government from expanding into something new, but he was always more inclined to try and make existing programs more efficient or a less intrusive solution than getting rid of them. Years ago he was talking about everyone having to buy insurance and what sort of subsidies some would need to do so as well as how tax cuts would free up personal money to make it less of a burden.
I always wondered if that was a ploy to get independents to vote for conservatives. Unless he makes a huge deal out of denying he's for Obamacare and spells out a really new approach to everyone being insured, I guess we'll finally know it wasn't a campaign ploy or technique.
I am not quite clear why it is OK to require insurance to drive a car, but not require insurance for guaranteed care in an emergency room. What is the constitutional difference?
Regarding rational health care, about 35 years ago several of us approached a major health insurance company with an idea. They gave use their annualy medical payout records on over 1,000 customers. Upon analysis we found that 1 tenth of a customers were responsible for 9 tenths of the cost. We then proposed an experiment wherein the high cost group would be offered the opportunity to receive health counseling and nutritional and dietary education. We figured that some would be willing (the experimental subjects), and some would be uninterested (the controls). The two groups would then be followed up for a year or two to determine if there was a significant reduction in the health care costs of the experimental group. Unfortunately, the insurance company decided not to do the study.
Meanwhile for the next 35 years I followed good dietary and health practices and taught them to my family and others, with very good results. For example, my 40 year old son has NEVER had a cavity. My father who suffered severe spring hay fever for 30 or more years, was cured in one month following my advice and never suffered again during the 20 years to his death at 90. I had a long conversation with a woman social worker about therapeutic nutrition. Two years later she wrote me a note saying she had done my recommended reading and helped about 70 or 80 people.
These are practical low cost methods of dealing with symptoms, but the medical and drug industry establishment will always resist putting them into widespread practice. We could probably afford Obamacare if this approach were followed, but it ain’t likely to happen, McGee.