Volt’s charge account. Bunion care in New Zealand. Pulling grandma’s plug. End of life costs. Not mean enough. Plus more.
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Traditional insurance structures benefits in order to preserve the sufficient ratio of the large pool of premium payers to the smaller pool of benefit recipients. The specific assortment of benefits is negotiated between the insurance company and your employer. (For instance, one’s employer may seek less mental health coverage for greater dental benefits)
In a government one payer system, the effort to cover all things for all people will at first seek to reduce costs by eliminating “unnecessary tests and imaging” and telling all healthcare providers how much they will be paid. Eventually, these measures yield only shrinking returns.
The next step is to limit accessibility. One such means is to institute a system of co-pays in which the benefit recipient pays a fee to the healthcare provider along with the payment by the government. Another step is to arbitrarily limit the number of places any service may be provided. Another possible step would be to establish quotas in which a healthcare provider can perform a particular procedure only so many times a year.
Of course, there is always the temptation and inborn desire for those in favor of government run healthcare to “rationalize” medical care. For example, they may mandate the use of topical or oral medicines for children with chronic ear inflections instead of ear tubes. Or, Eliminate ultra-sounds for newly pregnant women. Or bar tonsillectomies except for the worst cases. Or allow only a certain number of medical students to go into the various specialties with the majority going into family practices. Or what if we get some flakes in authority who believe most sicknesses can be cured with herbal teas?
With such efforts to make nationwide health care “sensible” one can almost hear it already: “Just think of how many childhood immunizations one hip replacement or organ transplant could pay for!”
Somehow, I don’t think our forefathers fought in the Revolution risking their lives, fortunes, and reputations so a panel of experts could tell them what their doctor and hospital can do for them.
Makes “Give me liberty or give me death” more than a rhetorical
flourish, doesn’t it?
Sorry Bob, I would much prefer the government to spend MY tax money on healthcare for every LEGAL citizen/resident of this great country than to spend it some of these other left wing programs being forced through the Congress.
Just take the money that the politicians spend on bogus travel, pork, set asides, and earmarks (e.g., airplanes) and the problem would almost solve itself. Add the total cost for the messiah to travel the country and the world since his inauguration and we would probably have a surplus.
Return what is left in the stimulus giveaway to the treasury, cancel cap and trade [tax] and the rest of the messiah’s “get us to socialism” programs. These measures would save the trillions in debt for which he is committing us.
My wife and I have paid into Social Security our entire working lives; something the politicians and government employees do not have to do. In addition, we have paid into Medicare and Medicaid our entire working lives and, since retirement, we have paid additional premiums for Medicare — something the politicians (I’m not sure about government employees) do not have to do.
How much do you think it cost to get the illustrious Ted Kennedy his brain surgery? Under the messiah’s healthcare proposal, Mr. Kennedy would not be eligible for such a procedure — oh I forgot, under the messiah’s healthcare proposal he would not have to participate — nor be subject to the decisions of the “death panel.” No member of congress — current or past, will have to worry about the contents of their thousand plus page healthcare reform legislation — legislation which most of them have not read, nor understand, nor care about, other than to rename it “Insurance Reform,” since we have already been told they will be exempted.
One quick fix to the cost of health care would be to immediately pass and enact a strict (no loopholes) Tort Reform Act. But, since the Congress has such a large percentage of lawyers in its membership, this is a silly notion. Another fix would be to ban lobbyists (as the messiah said he would). Another — force the politicians to write their own legislation PERSONALLY, with the assistance of a greatly reduced staff (maximum 5 pages) and input from their constituents. Force them stop spending our tax dollars to get themselves re-elected.
Finally, pass a law to force the Congress TO VOTE for their pay increases instead of the current, obscene law whereby the increase is automatic UNLESS the congress VOTES NOT TO TAKE THE INCREASE! Included in this law should be term limits — no one stays in government for more than a TOTAL of 12 years. And, this is blue sky of course, take away at least 75% of their perks and retirement benefits. Let them serve their country as they were elected to do, instead of serving themselves.
I reckon this screed will most certainly get me reported to the
White House “fishy” communications forum by someone!
— C.D. Lueders
I do not want to “bankrupt this great country.” I do want to be left alone. I have spent my entire life building up a nest egg for my wife and I. This is my money, not yours, the Government’s, or my children’s. If I decide in the last 90 days of my or my wife’s life to spend it all to get another 90 days for us, then that is my business, not yours, the Government’s, or my children’s. That is what this is all about.
Leave us alone sir, just leave us alone.
— Mark Andreasen
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?