HEALTH CARE REFORM FALLACY
As Washington D.C. continues to put health care in front of all the other priorities, I decided to look at the purpose of the liberals in health care legislation and what the facts tell us.
1) Reduce health care related costs for the American people.
As you can see from the below video from former majority leader Bill Frist (who was also joined by the Cigna CEO on CNBC), the health care bill does nothing to cut costs. According to Reuters, health care costs increased by 8% last year. This was in a year when we had no inflation in the general economy. This trend is unsustainable for our economy and we wasted a year arguing over something that did nothing to reduce costs.
2) Reduce the economic drain of health care on the economy.
There is no way this came to pass in the health care bill. Some people have said “we are going to pay for this one way or another so we might as well come up with a strategy to pay for it.” To quote John Boehner, “hell no!” We’re Americans, which doesn’t mean we are forced to pay for people who decide not to pay for their own insurance!
We forget that this problem was started when someone passed a law stating that he was illegal not to provide health care to someone who comes into a hospital without insurance. Now, those people will be forced to pay for medical coverage, and if they can’t afford, they will get tax credits courtesy of our tax dollars! By placing 16 million more Americans on Medicaid (with the possibility of up to 32 million more), the drain on the economy is not decreased. If it were, we should all go on Medicaid.
3) Eliminate the waste from Medicare.
Democrats have said that this bill would eliminate billions in waste from Medicare. Ok, then why not simply pass a bill that reduces the waste and fraud? Let’s take the necessary steps to cutting the deficit before we even consider new entitlements and spending. Is the Democratic Party telling me that they openly allowed waste in Medicare for a year (and totally denied it during the Bush Administration) while this bill was touted around when they could have simply passed stand-alone legislation to reduce waste? That’s simply bad politics, and also gives me concern that this so-called waste reduction is going to be easier said than done.
4) Giving all Americans health insurance.
Every American has the right to earn health insurance, but that does not mean forcing every American to have health insurance. Compulsory behavior is not an effective part of any free society, no matter how well intended the force is. If it was possible for government to provide everyone with everything, then the Soviet Union would still be around and be the top country in the world. Everyone cannot have quality healthcare and government has failed to provide quality for anything.
Social Security is not a “quality” retirement option.
Medicare/Medicaid is not a “quality” healthcare option, otherwise members of Congress would be on Medicaid too.
Quality and government complement each other like water and oil and it will show up in our healthcare system.