Pa 1834 Education Act vs Obamacare
Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 24, 2013
William Sesler once again has the pulpit in the 24 Nov Erie Times News Editorial slot. He compares the controversies surrounding Obamacare to those surrounding the PA 1834 Education Act.
Mr. Seslers’s point is that public education is such a great success and, of course, Obamacare will be also. There are some potential comparisons missing from the editorial.
Did the 1834 Education Act comprise 2400 pages with a (typical of today) fully optioned length of 10 times the original?
Did the PA legislature bother to read the Act? Did they have to “pass it to find out what is in it”?
Did the Governor guarantee that we could keep our existing schools and teachers? Was there the PA equivalent of the Federal Register that stated two years previous to passage that 50% of the population would not? Did the Governor repeatedly lie to the public on this issue?
Did the 1834 PA legislature predict zero net cost while leading industries of the day immediately predicted costs to them in the tens of millions? Did public sector analysts predict, post passage, that the 1834 cost to taxpayers to be up to 2 trillion in 2013 dollars?
Was the 1834 Act in this much of a mess when it was barely started?
Patients from countries with nationalized health systems come to the US for health issues if they can. Our K-12 public education system does not have that reputation, for a variety of reasons mostly having to do with government mandates and societal interference.
I wonder where the world’s sick will be going for quality healthcare after 179 years (or months) of Obamacare?
Let us hope Obamacare will provide us with doctors that can read within a couple of years of grade level.