Our legislature is in special session trying to find revenue, and I say to them "Good Luck", but I hope they fail. Really, I do. The problem is, the bastards don't know how to set priorities. And, when we hear about budget shortfalls, we hear about cuts to the LSU hospital system, which serves the uninsured and the Medicaid folks.
I have little sympathy for folks without medical insurance, and I"ll be the first to day that I can be educated, but I never had free insurance when I was raising kids, and I paid doctor's bills. Lots of doctor's bills.
Somehow, over the last 40 years, we've come to the idea that medical care is a right. I disagree. Medical care, for the most part, is an economic transaction. I don't trust the medical proession (with a few exceptions ) and I certainly don't trust government bureaucrats who think that they know more about medical care than my doctor.
As far as I'm concerned, the state should do three things. 1) fix the damned road, 2) Run a prison system, and 3).... Well maybe there are only two things.
We should put all of our money in roads and prisons. We don't need a department of Education, we don't need a department of Health and Hospitals. We don't need anything but a Highway department and a prison system. Everything else is frivolous. Think of all the money we'd save.
But, hey! What do I know? I'm just a taxpayer.