“Forty-six million people in the U.S. don’t have health insurance.” Based on the U.S. Census Bureau estimate of the U.S. population for July 2008 (304,059,724), that means 85 percent of the U.S. population has health insurance. Before the best health care system in the world is destroyed to benefit the 15 percent, the following should be considered:
Return to the 100 percent income tax deduction for medical expenses (including health insurance), that existed roughly three decades ago. Those too incompetent to obtain their own health insurance could continue to let their employer pay for it. Those who obtain their own could prove it to their employer, and have the employer add the $6,000 annual cost for their health insurance to their paycheck.
Remove all federal mandates on what a health insurance policy has to cover. Let coverage details, and thus the policy cost, be negotiated between the individual and the health insurance company of his/her choice. The individual would not have to pay for unwanted coverage.
Remove all federal mandates and regulations on doctors, nurses and hospitals. Return the focus of these institutions to patient care instead of idiotic federal forms and the $50,000 per offense fines for undotted “i’s” and uncrossed “t’s.”
If an individual chooses to handle his/her health care on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, let them. It worked fine for roughly 200 years, so far.
The “flow chart” for the above health coverage concept is: doctor, patient, insurance company, doctor.
The “flow chart” for the socialized medicine proposal (by whatever catchy title the politicians care to apply to it) looks like this:
How long would it take for a medical treatment approval to make it through that bureaucratic Gordian Knot, and a provider to get paid?
Tom Daschle said, “Health care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them,” a position echoed by Obama in a recent town hall meeting.
The Dems’ “health care” plan is their solution to the economic meltdown of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the prescription drug supplement plan. If you let (help?) the “old” people die, you save money in all those programs; and “old” can be whatever age they decide will accomplish that task.
A bill 1,000 pages long should be defeated for that reason alone.
Terry L. Putnam