14 March 2010

Stuck On Same Flawed Health Care Bill

I have to admit, I agree with this assessment:

Maybe you remember what President Obama promised in his State of the Union address. He said....

...he was going to finally focus on jobs and the economy for the remainder of this year. I applauded him for that. Well, here it is, it’s almost spring. And what is he out there talking about again? That same 2,700-page, multi-trillion dollar healthcare legislation.

So, an entire year has gone to waste.

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many more jobs are in danger. Even now, the president still hasn't gotten the message. Somehow, the greater the public opposition to the healthcare bill, the more determined they seem to force it on us anyway.

Their attitude shows Washington at its very worst – the presumption that they know best, and they’re going to get their way whether the American people like it or not.

And, when politicians start thinking like that, they don’t let anything get in their way – not public opinion, not the rules of fair play, not even their own promises.

They pledged transparency. Instead, we have a healthcare bill tainted by secrecy, concealed cost, and full of backroom deals – and that’s just not right.

But before a casual reader thinks that I just want to say "No" to any healthcare reform, please note some links below. I originally support heathcare reform efforts. I supported Hillary's ideas in her campaign, while thinking that McCain's ideas and that of the Republicans in general were inadequate.

But as the process has dragged on and on, I became disillusioned, and now believe that the current efforts in Congress will prove ineffective, overly expensive, and in general are the wrong approach. We need a more comprehensive reordering of the entire system, which is not what we will be getting. Without cost controls, without a seperation of coverage from employment, and without Medicare/Medicaid restructuring, the proposed changes will fail, and we will be further in debt and no closer to the goal of more affordable care for all.

20Jan10: No Mandate on Health Care
18Jan10: Is There A Lesson In The Massachusetts Special Senate Election?
15Jan10: Health Care Reform Degenerates
3Jan10: For All The Drama, Money, and Time, Health Care Legislation Still Would Not Cover Everyone
19Dec09: The Real Problem With Health Care -- Cost
9Dec09: Interest In All Americans Having The Same Healthcare That Congress Gets
1Dec09: Report on Health Care
11Nov09: Health Care Reform To Fail Without Containing Costs

Here are some options that would fix healthcare, any one of which would be preferable to the mess we are about to have shoved down our throats:

Swiss Healthcare System: Part III, more here: Still Advocating the Swiss Healthcare Model (healthcare based on the Swiss and Belgian systems)

Do You Want The Same Health Care That Congress Gets? (Healthy Americans Act)

Here's An Alternative Health Care Reform Idea From Martin Feldstein (using amount currently spent on healthcare to provide full coverage for medical expenses that exceed 15% of income)

Health Care Reform (proposals made by Hillary Clinton in her 2008 campaign)

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