It’s not about health care reform

The current legislation being presented in Congress is not about health care reform or health insurance reform. The only purpose is to increase the federal government’s power and control over American citizens.

Many of the people supporting the legislation are doing so simply because they support the president and believe that he is doing what is in their best interest. They have a right to believe and support the claims of the president. Cult members also have a right to support the claims of their cult leader but that doesn’t mean the cult leader is right or is doing what is in the best interests of the cult members.

The claims of any individual who wishes to lead others must be examined thoughtfully using common sense and logic. Only then do we have the opportunity to understand the agenda of that leader. If the agenda of the president is to provide health insurance coverage to the uninsured, then all he would need to do is provide health insurance coverage to those who cannot afford to purchase their own insurance. This could be accomplished for the 8 to 11 million citizens who cannot afford health insurance without totally destroying the current health care system that is the best in the world and the majority of American citizens want to keep. If you doubt my assertions about the president’s agenda, please read “The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care” by Sally Pipes. In her book, Ms. Pipes points out that our health care system is an inefficient hybrid of private and public financing that costs more than it should for the care provided.

Government health care programs are supposed to be more efficient than private insurance. Yet, Ms. Pipes notes, “tens of thousands of foreigners come to the United States every year for medical treatment. They’re usually seeking advanced and sophisticated procedures that are simply unavailable — or rationed — in their home countries.”

Ms. Pipes details how “government itself is the middleman” and studies show that the extensive state and federal regulation and expensive cost shifting by Medicare and Medicaid waste $1 out of every $3 those programs spend. Do we really want to expand such a wasteful system?

We need a health care system that will provide private health insurance coverage for those unable to purchase their own coverage. Using the maximum proven uninsured number of 11 million, it would cost less than $36 billion per year, or $360 billion over 10 years to provide superior health insurance to those individuals. The minimum cost of any of the current plans being presented in Congress is more than $800 billion over a 10-year period. That doesn’t include the extensive costs of the regulatory agencies that would be required to administer the programs. Reform the regulations, not the private enterprise system that has made this the greatest country in the world.

We should even consider converting Medicare, Medicaid and S-CHIP into privately insured programs.

Nothing contained in this blog is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Pacific Research Institute or as an attempt to thwart or aid the passage of any legislation.

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