Viewpoint: The President and the Postal Service

The president said far more than he probably intended to last Tuesday at his town hall meeting- which was designed to calm widespread fears about a potential government take-over of the health insurance industry.

In trying to allay fears that a government-option health insurance plan would drive private insurers out of business, he said:  "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It's the Post Office that's always having problems."

Well, he makes a good point, but is that the impression he really wanted to leave?

It begs the question: 'Do we want the government running health insurance the way government administers the Postal Service?'

That goes to the heart of what many Americans fear about what they have heard about a 'public option' in whatever bill that ends up coming out of the Congress about the health insurance situation.

And those fears are reflected in a Rasmussen poll that was released over the weekend:

Only thirty-five percent of American voters say passage of the bill currently working its way through Congress would be better than not passing any health care reform legislation this year.

However, most voters, (54%) say no health care reform passed by Congress this year would be the better option.

FedEx and UPS are models of efficiency and customer service, while the U. S, Postal Service seems to be asking for permission to raise the cost of a stamp with great frequency, and floats the notion of cutting back deliveries to five days a week.

The president would be better served to think of comparisons that don't conjure up the thought of federal employees in charge of something much more vital to us than what's in the mail box.