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My take on all this health care hoopla

August 18, 2009
I can’t say it enough. I want the government out of my life and especially out of my health care.
Do I think there are problems? Indeed, but the government does not have the solution.
After sitting back and watching and reading and letting it all sink in, I’ve concluded (in my infinite wisdom of course) that what we need in this country is more competition for health insurance. Actually, it seems like a bit of a no-brainer to me.
It makes so much sense, yet we’re now living in a country run by people who find the free market to the be the work of the devil. And the people who support it are Satan’s minions.
In reality, our free market is part of what has allowed our country to grow and prosper the way it has. And if we give that same chance to our health care industry it will heal itself, so to speak.
In business, competition is very good for the consumer. When you have a lot of companies who want your business, prices go down. That’s why no one likes a monopoly (except for the people who run them). When there is no competition, prices go up, because they can. If you have no choice but to go with a select few insurance companies, they are free to charge you what they want.
I heard President Obama saying that the health care reform bill would do just that, create competition. That is nowhere close to reality. With a government controlled public option, other insurance companies will be forced out of business. Why? Because their goal is to make a profit (evil, I know). And you cannot compete with a public option (that will have no need to turn a profit…in fact…it’ll be ok with them if they lose money…it’s only taxes, after all) and continue to make money.
So, eventually, overtime we’ll end up with only a public option. Nationalized health care. Our government will decide what procedures are covered. It will decide the kind of technology our doctors utilize. It will decide the types of medications are acceptable to be covered.
It will be every liberal’s wet dream. Finally, the kind of social control they ache for.
And that is why people are revolting, because they hate the thought of the government controlling yet another piece of their lives. And for it to be our health care is just too much for the sensible in this country to handle.
Like I said, there are problems, but there are also a lot of ways to make it better. None of them include the government sticking their fingers in the mix.
Am I smart enough to build a framework for how it can happen? Not quite. But common sense tells me it is a viable option for us if we push for it and if we can manage derail the plans for a nationalized health care system.
~T the D
9 Comments leave one →
  1. my7kids permalink
    August 18, 2009 11:07 pm

    My dh says, employers will also drop their provided health insurance like hot potatoes if they know their employees will have to pick up federal insurance. No sense in them keeping up the expense of carrying insurance for employees. His company in particular is self-insured. BAH

    I don't even like my bank account needing my SSN. Let alone some bureaucrat knowing how long I was in labor.

    What really TICKS me off is, the reps are NOT LISTENING! One even went so far as to say (AFTER a town hall meeting when his constituents made it quite clear they did NOT want HHRC), that the bill would go through, he would make SURE of it.

  2. BEB permalink
    August 18, 2009 11:19 pm

    You don't seem to account for the many non-profit insurance companies, which are not eliminating the for-profit ones. Neither will a public option.

  3. The Employed Unemployed permalink
    August 19, 2009 12:47 am

    I am not for a government run health care system, but I don't believe it will delete for-profit insurance companies.

    What I am wondering is what all will be covered by the public option. A lot of the so-called "alternative" medicine is a scam, but some of it is actually covered by some insurance companies. Will we suddenly see in influx of crystal healers on the government payroll?

  4. Quick Shot permalink
    August 19, 2009 1:05 pm

    whatever is being supplied. So, if you think it's ok for some people to have no insurance the free market would be great. If you think everyone should be insured, than some third party must intervene somehow or another.
    Check out this example of supply and demand.

  5. BEB permalink
    August 19, 2009 6:21 pm

    Very few insurance policies cover "alternative" medicine, unless they are proven efficacious. Highly unlikely any public plan would.

  6. RightKlik permalink
    August 21, 2009 4:50 pm

    Government is the poison that has caused our most vexing health care problems. Predictably, Lefties are calling for more poison.

  7. BEB permalink
    August 21, 2009 5:10 pm

    That is such right-wing reactionary malarkey RightKlik.

    Many of the problems are directly attributable to the private sector, including insurance companies and the medical industry itself (which rewards # of billable procedures instead of health care outcomes). Few of these problems will be fixed without government regulation and direction.

    The "free market fixes everything" is a sadly misguided myth that is finally dying. Even Alan Greenspan admitted as much.

  8. chaseparadise permalink
    September 28, 2010 1:51 am

    Private health care does and never will help anyone but the rich.
    It is not a debate it proven fact.
    The only chance the unemployed or poor have is a separate government run health care system available to ALL rich or otherwise as another option.
    Limiting options to eliminate competition for the fat cat private health care providers won’t make them reasponsible to anyone nor will it ever help anyone but the rich.
    Government involvment is not about taking over anything, it is simply providing another option.
    God have mercy on your soul if you ever need it after foolishly tossing away the chance for a better future for all US citizens.

    I hope karma doesnt visit you but chances are it will or at least someone you love.

    I am living it so discount me at your own peril.

    • September 28, 2010 8:16 am

      If it’s a proven fact, I’d like to see your supporting evidence. I’m sure since there’s so much of it, you won’t have a problem providing it. Right?

      The fact is, sir, the majority of people in this country have access to health care. Hospitals don’t turn people away. There are free and discount clinics for people who are having money troubles.

      What you and so many other people fail to understand is that providing health insurance (which is not the same as health care) to people does not mean they will GET care. It doesn’t guarantee them quality care either.

      Frankly, you’re a fool if you think this isn’t about the government wanting control. And I feel sorry for you that you’ll sit back and let your freedoms be infringed upon willingly.

      And if “karma” is coming to get me, I feel bad for the number it will do on you.

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