Paul Price asks,
"Please explain how our president can expect to provide health insurance for 47 million more people while SAVING taxpayers money.
Two possibilities come to mind:
1) The President actually doesn't think coverage can be extended to 47 million more people while reducing costs but he a) is more concerned about extending coverage than cutting costs; b) doesn't expect the big bills to come due for this until after he gets reelected.
2) The President believes that if a public insurance option is established, it will eventually achieve enough market share for the government to become the effective monopsony buyer of health care, at which point it could lower costs simply by lowering reimbursements to providers by fiat.
"Please explain why fools always fall in love. Also, kindly explain why bad things happen to good, gritty people."
1) Because they are fools?
2) For two differing perspectives on this that have withstood the test of time, see Spinoza's Ethics and Leibniz's Theodicy. Their positions in a nutshell though:
Spinoza: Why not? Nature doesn't operate by the laws of human morality.
Leibniz: It could have been worse. We could have had another world where bad things also happened to good, gritty people but ice cream had never been invented. This is the best of all possible worlds.