LETTER: Program's a clunker

I just wanted to thank U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur and the other club members in Congress for their fine implementation and operation of
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

I just wanted to thank U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur and the other club members in Congress for their fine implementation and operation of the "Cash for Clunkers" program. The program was designed to remove from service "gas-guzzing" vehicles in return for a government cash rebate of up to $4,500 upon the purchase of a new car sporting an increased mpg rating.

This $3 billion program to replace about 200,000 vehicles was coordinated with such precision and foresight some of the original trade-ins were suddenly made ineligible when the EPA revised fuel standards, forcing the buyer to return the car or return the rebate.

This program, something that would seem so simple in inception, design and practice was probably a bit more complicated than they first thought.

So imagine a transition into government-run health care which Marcy and the other Mouseketeers have in mind for us (not them). This is no billion-dollar program dealing with rusty cars. It is an unread bill annually costing more than 150 times the "Clunkers" program that will eventually control all of our health care spending and decisions. (Again, not theirs. They have 17 insurance programs to choose from that you pay for.)

And this is not a one-month, one-year or 10-year promise. This is multi-generational. Like Social Security.

I want to be fair in my comparision, so here goes:

"Cash for Clunkers:" Rushed legislation, probably not read, $3 billion, to run through October, but stopped six days after rule changes in midstream, and fresh out of money from bad planning.

Government-run health insurance: Rushed legislation, admittedly not read, $150 billion a year, but you keep your own doctor, at least for now, until they run out of money, or have to cut back on the promises to you, your parents and your kids.

Mark McGory

Sandusky