Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Health Care Reform Simplicity

The health care argument has been extraordinarily complex. When details are discussed eyes glaze over. When broad assertions are made they’re refuted by details quoted from the legislation. Many people don’t know what to think or who to believe.

Here are some simple questions you can ask and answer for yourself. Your answers will tell you everything you need to know about the proposed health care reform.
If an insurance company denies treatment to a patient, the patient can appeal to the state insurance regulators and to the courts. If the federal government denies treatment where can the patient appeal?

If the government increases taxes on insurance polices and medical devices how will the costs of medical care go down?

If there really are 30 million people who aren’t getting medical care today - who will get care under the proposed model; how will an instant 10% increase in demand for medical services affect access to services for all?

If $500 billion can be saved by cracking down on Medicare fraud and abuse why didn’t the crackdown start last year?

If Medicare is now underfunded; how will its funding be improved by diverting $500 billion from Medicare to ObamaCare?

If Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are all underfunded and either in deficit or projected to go into deficit; how will ObamaCare avoid that fate?

If Veterans Administration hospitals neglected wounded solders returned from Iraq and Afghanistan; how will quality be ensured in a much larger health care system run by the federal government?

If politicians control health care; will health care decisions be political decisions? Will access to health care be linked to political influence?

If Congress has the Constitutional power to force you to buy health insurance can they also force you to buy a Chevrolet?

Quote of the Day
“You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down; Up to man’s age-old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.
A Time for Choosing
Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004)

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