With government's seemingly limitless ability to complicate the obvious and mess up everything it touches — including military spending, law enforcement and the criminal justice system — how can people actually believe more government involvement in the medical arena will make things better?

As a former health-insurance regulator and Medicare supervisor, I can tell you that until there are forces to control costs, no system of coverage and payment will serve us well. And so far, Medicaid and Medicare have actually served to inflate the cost. But as usual, the Democrats and Republicans have worked diligently together to politicize the issue and miss the most important elements of the entire discussion.

Joe Taylor