K.I.S.S.

by Consti Tution on November 5, 2009

Do you REALLY want to fix healthcare? Consti here! Sitting in the waiting room of the fine medical facilities at the bunker for my yearly exam. While I wait for the nurse to come call my name I am reminded of something I learned in motivational speaking class years ago.

K.I.S.S. – Keep it simple stupid!

It seems to me this whole healthcare debate is more complicated than it should be. Coverage concerns, abortion, immigrants, death panels, it’s all just smoke and mirrors. What are the main goals? “To reduce costs and expand coverage Consti!” And right you are. There has been a lot of demagoguery of the capitalist system. However, since insurance companies can’t go beyond state lines I say that capitalism hasn’t been applied to healthcare to begin with. It comes down to the flawed argument of competition. The administration would have you believe that the government option won’t compete with insurance companies. However, right now the insurance companies are not competing with one another! When companies compete costs come down, choice goes up, and coverage expands! Imagine that! All the goals with ONE (1) simple answer!

Are you REALLY interested in the compassionate plea of fixing healthcare? Then there are only three (3) things really that need be done.

  1. Allow ALL insurance companies to compete across state lines on a National level. This will encourage people/business to shop their insurance around thus lowering costs, making it more affordable to lower income, expanding coverage, and WON T COST ONE (1) TAX PAYER DIME!
  2. Limit non-economic jury awards in medical malpractice cases. This gets the lawyers out of the equation and lowers the cost to your doctor s liability insurance. Savings that should trickle down to the consumer. Shakespeare said it best; ‘Kill all the lawyers.’ We are an overly litigious society and any doctor will tell you their greatest expense is liability insurance.
  3. Mandate that in order to do business in any state Insurance companies must cover ANYONE that can meet the financial requirements regardless of pre-existing conditions. This would include business paid plans so that owner/participant plans also apply. You already have the requirement of ER s to treat people so you can justify imposing this on insurance companies as well.

K.I.S.S. Healthcare fixed! And look no tax payer money spent! “But Consti that doesn’t cover EVERYONE in America!” And you are right again. But neither does the current 2,000 page proposal before congress. So why should we settle for 1.2 Trillion more debt over the next 10 years if the bill isn’t as advertised? Additionally there is enough mismanagement and misappropriations in Medicare/Medicade that if you cleaned up the system you would be able to expand coverage for the existing systems with the ACTUAL savings. Perhaps, dare I say it; keep both Medicare and Medicade from going under as has been predicted?

Are you interested in REAL change? Nine (9) reams of paper, close to 2,000 pages, and NO 72 hours to read legislative language? So much for ‘Fancy Nancy s’ pledge to post the legislation. Sounds like politics as usual to me. The Republicans prepare to release 230 pages that doesn t have the teeth the people want. Universal coverage, including pre-existing conditions. The CBO however did say that the Republican plan will decrease costs by 10% and reduce the deficit by $68 Billion. Not add 1.2 trillion to the debt. It still lacks the teeth of denial of coverage reform though.

It s not really about the number of people covered. If that was the case the Democrats shouldn t settle for only 20% more coverage. It s not about forcing people to buy insurance. That s only another form of tax hike and constitutionally questionable as ‘health’ doesn t appear in the Constitution. The secrete that is kept is that if all insurance companies HAD to cover people then coverage REALLY expands. If insurance companies could attract customers from other states then coverage expands AGAIN!

Current legislation adds 1.2 Trillion dollars to the debt of you and your kids. Want to see what that looks like? As of Nov 03, 2009 at 08:04:51 PM GMT the National debt is $11,907,922,079,519.11. The estimated population of the United States is 307,220,800 so each citizen’s share of this debt (regardless of AGE) is $38,760.12. Don t you just LOVE math! I do! So new mothers, keep in mind this applies to your newborn as well.

So I ask you this simple question. Are you REALLY for change? I m personally for a change for the better! Not just for the sake of change. Not a change to make healthcare paperwork look like the IRS forms we all file. I m for spending responsibly, not saddling our future with a football field of debt. Real change, substantive change, not just more political pie in the sky and everyone gets a piece change. That s politics as usual, and that s not what we were promised.

Time for my exam! I hope they ask me to turn my head and cough.

Consti.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura Bramble December 23, 2009 at 3:59 am

Yeah, Saint Bill (Gates) and Microsoft play fair and don’t exploit the little guy…unless that little guy is a smaller Canadian company and then they just go ahead and stel their intellectual propety because corporate might makes right.

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/158160

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Consti Tution November 8, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Yes Laura, you caught me. I make this all up for YOUR attention. And you say you don’t belittle people. HA!! As always you are welcome to your opinion. And I encourage you to continue to express it.

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Laura Bramble November 8, 2009 at 6:52 pm

So it’s all “material” for you? That would explain why what you write comes off as such an overblown act and a desperate cry for attention.

Hey, if you want good material, like a set of personal beliefs, don’t crib them from the liner notes of Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” Actually come up with some yourself after giving some sober thought to all the available facts…

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Consti Tution November 8, 2009 at 10:24 am

Blah blah blah…. you need to come up with some new material. I don’t paint you you into a corner your comments do. Plane and simple. Go bully someone else. Because you will get no where with me.

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Laura Bramble November 8, 2009 at 10:01 am

Oh and in regard to Microsoft- Technically Vladimir Putin is subordinate to the Prime Minister of Russia…LOL

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Laura Bramble November 8, 2009 at 9:59 am

“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings.”

-Mahatmas K. Ghandi

I didn’t expect you to understand a word I said. It is not convenient for you or benefit you personally. You want to paint me into a corner, say that I want to hand the poor everything and that I am jealous of the rich so that you can ignore everything I say. If you think that what I write is so ridiculous and that you don’t read what I write (which is partially right, you only read into it what you want to), then stop responding. But even you recognize the value, even if you don’t want to.

Live in your world- I hope you are happy there, ad I will live in mine. My world has other people in it and is copncerned for those other people in it. Live in the bunker you choose to live in- that is your concern. But don’t expect people to care for you and your welfare if you show none for theirs. It is thaks to those awful liberals that we even have this nation that recognizes your rights as well as the rights of others, and that has fought for fair treatment and humane living conditions. Corporate America did not fightfor those things; they fought them tooth and nail. If the American people do not wish to be represented by millionaires, then they need to step up and commit to doing their share in public service or need to take over responsibility for the programs that the government does in their stead.

WE are the government, WE need to take responsibility for it instead of making it some nebulous group to blame for everything, WE need to take resposibility for handling the responsibilities of the issues we gave to government to deal with if we wish the government to step out. SOMEONE has to do these things, and if the American public won’t, then they leave it to the government and the minority of citizens in this country who they leave the job of electing them to. We have no one to blame but ourselves….Until you get and accept that, your words will come to nothing.

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Consti November 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

Oh, and Laura. Maybe you haven’t kept up with the news but Bill Gates hasn’t run Microsoft for a year now!! Steve Balmer does, Bill is running the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation which is helping the third world people. So perhaps you should loose the jealousy you have for rich people.

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Consti November 8, 2009 at 7:36 am

OMG! Laura you are out there! You are talking about child labor in the 1900?? You are really streching now. I don’t bother to read your replies any more since I have better things to do with my time than ready your short novellas. Why don’t you try k.i.s.s or better yet f.o.c.u.s YOU stated YOUR belief that a well meaning government is better than any corporation. I don’t agree and if you are so hard up for the poor why don’t you go after the 237 millionairs IN CONGRESS!! 44% of congress are millionairs as opposed to only 1% of the population as a whole. And the TOP FIVE are ALL DEMOCRATS!! NOW TELL ME AGAIN how well meaning the government is? The IRS is well meaning incompetence? You as an employer wouldn’t suffer well meaning incompetence why should the american people? If you can’t handle peopel calling you out for YOUR comments, then don’t comment. Back pedal all you like, it’s what you said Laura.

As always you are welcome to your opinion. I don’t share it, and I don’t approve of you belittling people who disagree with you. YOU ARE the bully in the sandbox Laura. And additionally, please don’t bore the rest of us who read these blogs with your LONG winded responses and preaching. I am not a convert, and you never will be able to make me think as liberally as you do. You talk a big game about responsibility, yet want to hand the poor everything. That’s not responsibility, that’s a hand out. “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime!”

All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.
- John Arbuthnot

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Laura Bramble November 7, 2009 at 11:48 am

And you’re plenty in favor of entitlement programs and the government stepping into markets when it benefits you personally or in ways that you approve of. Unemployment (government invention), encouraging loans to small business (direct intervention into markets with either regulation or capital- the gov’t would probably have to go into the loan business and would own the IOUs and effectively own the business in all but name only), creating jobs (unless the government hires these people directly, which would result in a GASP bigger government, jobs are created by the private sector. Their paranoia about the future is what is keeping them from hiring and keeps them laying off), encouraging tort reform (the market should set award values, not the government), and those are just the tip of the iceberg. Do you honestly believe Wall Street is based on fact and reasoned judgment? And if our financial confidence is based on Wall Street, do you think it is based on sound and reasoned judgment as well? All these things, which you have said you are in favor of, are governement intervention into markets. Your issue then is with degree, and you are the one that turns any governmental action toward the market as the coming of a police state. Maybe the issue is with your perception, not reality itself.

But wait, that can’t be right!?! It’s everyone else’s fault because they are being brainwashed by the government and that makes it the government’s fault, right?

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Laura Bramble November 7, 2009 at 11:35 am

We are the government, so if we don’t hold it accountable (and we don’t, look at how many people vote for starters) then we get what we deserve. And corporations left unchecked do it better? You need to read your history my firend and look at the conditions of the average American before “big, bad government” got a set of balls and stepped in at the beginning of the 20th century. Children worked fulltime, a full time job was 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. If you died or were injured on the job, oh well, what are you going to be able to do about it. The elderly, if they aere no able to save up enough or have kids that could afford to keep them, were left to starve. Health care? What was that? If you got charity care, it was whatever quality they felt like giving you. After all, beggar’s can’t be choosers. But that’s okay, no one lived much past 50 anyway.

Look at the countries that offer the best quality of life. We aren’t even in the top 10. Tell me what they have in common…

You also make a very bold leap, as usual. Just because I am in favor of the public option does not mean I am in favor of the bill as is. Would you stop making these kinds of assumptions, then carry on arguing me about them? It doesn’t bolster your case or make your arguments look very reasoned. Why is everything all or nothing with you? Not balck does not automatically equal white. I am open to hybrid ideas- never said I wasn’t. But given the choice between a health care system and a world where the corporations and money interests decide what is right and good and one where the government does it, since as an American system I AM the government, why wouldn’t I coose the government? At least I have some say in what happens. What kind of say do I have when corproate and money interests run everything? None.

That does not mean that I think the government should control everything and that I am in favor of a police state. I never said that either, even though you attack me as if I have. I believe that people should take responsibility for themselves and the well being of society as a whole, but since people don’t do that we can’t allow their inaction to excuse necessary functionsa going undone. Someone has to do them and if we don’t, won’t or can’t then the government needs to do them. Period- nothing complicated there.

Since people won’t take the most base responsibility for their health by eating right, exercising, not smoking, consuming alcohol in moderation, and other such common sense measures, then rely on pills and technology to remedy perfectly preventable health issues, then someone has to take responsibility for it. Private industry has botched the hell out of it and likes things the way they are, with people being irresponsible about their health and no governemnt accountability, because they make money. As loong as they make money, they don’t care because that is the fundamental object of a corporation-to make money. Health care involves all kinds of intangibles that cannot be fit into a dollars and cents scenario, so they don’t matter to a corporation who’s sole existence is to make money. I trust the government’s motivations better than I trust a corporation’s.

What’s wrong with trusting the government, as long as it is not a bling trust. I AM the governemnt, as are you and every other American citizen. I trust in the basic goodness of the American citizen, even if I don’t approve of their actions. I think they are well-meaning but deeply flawed at worst. It is up to us to hold ourselves and our government accountable. If we don’t then it is not the government that we need to balme- it is us.

You seem to place your trust in corporate America, since you argue for them and their greatness at every turn. If you had two people in front of you, tell me- would you trust the one that you know for a fact has the goal of making money as the central tenant of their existence, has already shown that you are expendable and only have value when there’s something in it for them, and that they will do whatever it takes to meet it’s goal as long as it’s effective? Or would you choose the person that means well, but sometimes screws up or drops the ball, is sometimes petty, but with guidance from their peers is capable of doing a good job because it has in the past? I’m sure you’re going to go on about how farfetched that question is, but I invite you to look at history and see that it is not that far off the mark. There is no perfect system- you make excuses for corporate America all the time, while expecting government to be perfect. That’s neither realistic or fair. But I expect no less from you.

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Consti Tution November 7, 2009 at 9:58 am
Consti Tution November 7, 2009 at 9:42 am

Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain ‘acceptable health insurance coverage € and who choose not to pay the bill s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

In response to the JCT letter, Camp said: ‘This is the ultimate example of the Democrats command-and-control style of governing €“ buy what we tell you or go to jail. It is outrageous and it should be stopped immediately. €
http://republicans.waysandmeans.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=153583

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Consti Tution November 7, 2009 at 9:39 am

And that is the fundamental problem. Everyone has their hand out and the Government is paying us with OUR OWN MONEY!! It’s clear that you are for government control. You trust the government to do the “right” thing. I say that it not how this country was founded.
The government and politicians have been hawking change for over 30 years… I don’t see them reforming either and they have had plenty of time to do it. Plane and simple. K.I.S.S.
You try to tell me I don’t know what I am talking about, but truth is you are just trying to bully people on here to your way of thinking. There is a LARGE portion of the population that doesn’t trust government, and rightly so. It has shown time and time again that it mis-manages OUR money, and is only interested in it’s own survival, and not the people.
We the people Laura, not WE the Government.

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Laura Bramble November 6, 2009 at 5:03 pm

And I thought Bill Gates was such a terrific, honest, giving guy. Looks like he’ll take government money whenever he can get it too… See, they’re all for hands off government until they have their hands out…

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Laura Bramble November 6, 2009 at 5:01 pm

No, I said that if they are both BS systems, than I would choose one that is well meaning over one driven by greed. You are the one who is assuming that the public health system would be inept because of a bunch of half baked dollar figures that you know nothing about in terms of context. Then you are drawing the conclusion that I would choose an inept system over a for profit one, with the unwritten bias that it is not inept. I personally do not believe that a public system would be as inept as you assume it will be. And I find it telling when a Republican Congressman, who is IN government, says he wouldn’t trust any program run by the government. And we’re supposed to listen to him and trust what he says- he just threw doubt on himself.

If the private system was so great, the nation would not even be having this debate. If Medicare and Medicaid did not exist, the permanently disabled and the elderly would not have any healthcare at all, because anything else they recieve privately is supplemental. That minimizes the liability for private insurers, making the elderly a good enough risk. IF, and that’s a big if, the private sector would even offer them a policy without Medicare being part of the equation, the rates would be so astronomical that seniors could never afford it.

I personally don’t think that a government system can be any worse than what we have now. You can find your examples from all over the owrld about how horrible public health systems are and I can find just as many examples from private care. It would have its problems, yes, maybe the same amount of problems but in different areas. But at the end of the day, an insurer only makes money when he can take in more money than he puts out, which means he will ALWAYS be looking for a way to either charge more or pay out less. That is his primary concern, end of story. I already pay out WAY more than my fair share- whether I pay it in premiums to an insurance company or in tax dollars is immaterial to me. But I have more faith in the motives of the government in this regard than I do in private insurers. They got their wake up call 15 years ago, but chose to grease the right palms and go back to business as usual. They had 15 years to reform themselves. They didn’t, because they are about the money and there is nothing we can do about it. If the government was in charge, then we COULD do something about reform and making sure it was running efficiently because WE own it. All we would have to do is what we should be doing and keeping our eyes and ears open, holding people and agencies accountable. Can I or you or anyone else other than the Board of Directors and CEO of these companies do that? Don’t think so.

Again, you want to attack Obama about pork barrel spending- what aprty are the legislators in those areas. You are talking about AZ- sorry, but isn’t McCain a Republican? I’m sure he had NOTHING to do with getting that money to his area and protested it, right? You want to tit for tat on pork barrel spending, Bridge to Nowhere anyone? And this being pushed through Washington by a woman who decalres herself a maverick, wants to end “business as usual,” and is trying to cast herself as the conservative darling. Yet again, I love how you want to blame Obama exclusively for everything, along with the Dems. If I remember correctly, Republicans voted for the stimulus package too and I’m sure they got their fair share of pork or they wouldn’t have. Please, get some real objectivity and use examples from both sides, would you? Or just come out and admit your bias. I bring up GOP examples just to give some perspective of the real truth.

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Consti Tution November 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Sorry, one more thought. If banks and auto makers are “too big to fail” are you REALLY saying that healtcare is “Too Small” not to governmentalize? That’s not what we hear about healthcare from “fancy nancy”. I thought the trouble was they were too big.?

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Consti Tution November 6, 2009 at 2:51 pm

lol… temper temper. I never said that KISS was the answer to it all. Again I will remind your of the bigger picture of the article. That it shouldn’t be as complicated as it is. You made the point in your comment that you would rather an inept system than one that is profit driven. That IS an endorsement by definition. That’s what I focus on because it’s NOT the least important thing you wrote. It’s very telling of your opinion therefore I highlight it. And for your information I have dealt with government contracts in the IT field. I know a thing or two about them. Since the government has proven over several decades that it can’t properly manage purchases why should we expect different? Just because Obama tells us so? Here’s a VERY short list of some of your stimulus spending.
- $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state. I’ve used Geiger counters before they are cheap and so is manpower. Handheld GPS units are cheap too.

- $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. I lived in AZ and there is already plenty of training facilities. This shouldn’t be government funded. It’s tourism! Ask anyone from AZ how they feel about the Cardinals stadium and you will get an ear full!!

- $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway. I’ve actually seen this project being worked on. Drive past it every day. Why are we funding tax dollars for what should be a private corporation concern?

I can go on and on and on with examples like this. But I don’t want to bore everyone else with what is to be an article for another day.

You can back track your statement all you like, but I will quote it here;
“Personally I think a government system won t be much more efficient or customer service oriented than a private one. However, I d much rather be dealing with BS due to well meaning incompetance than dealing with intentional BS designed to wring every penny out of me so that it can go into paying for a bloated management and a CEO s golden parachute. If indeed health insurance companies don t make much of a profit (6% according to them) with the ability to deny coverage to anyone who may cost them money, then maybe it is not a business that is profitable enough to be run by the private sector.”

So you sure sound like you are endorsing a government take over of a private industry based upon your OWN statement. Kinda like ol’ Hugo Chavez.

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Laura Bramble November 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I said you don’t understand government contracting, not insurance. Again, please read. I did not say that Medicare or Medicaid was fine as is, or that there is not room for improvement- in fact I said it is not fine and that there IS room for improvement. I suggested that before you banter facts around to prove how broken it is and use that as an argument that all government run health care is ultimately doomed before it even starts, that you look deeper into your facts.

You are taking my statement and turning it into an endorsement for an inept system. One, that’s not what I said, I was choosing between the lesser of two evils. MY mother worked for an insurance company as well and does not have a high opinion of their motivations and ethics when it comes to saving a buck. By the way, she is a Republican, so don’t try the “Well she’s a bleeding heart too.”

Two, the facts you use to support the claim that a government system is doomed because they overspend on some equipment without looking at the circumstances are questionable at best so your argument that government run healthcare is doomed is questionable as well.

Also, you insist on your KISS as the answer to it all, but ignored anything I had to say about it and jumped on the least important thing I wrote. Typical…

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Consti Tution November 6, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Again. Big picture here; Well meaning incompetence is not what Obama promised us. It’s not what the people deserve or voted into office. It’s not what politics should be. Well meaning incompetence is no excuse for incompetence. Period. I meant well when I spent all the company money on a christmas party. Still doesn’t hold water. Why should we hold ANY politician to ethics or promises when all that matters is Well meaning incompetence? Well meaning incompetence keeps people poor, in the ghetto, and on the government dime. Victamizing people, not helping people.

MY father works for an insurance company on the front lines of the call center. So I DO understans how the systems work. Again I will remind you; 20 years in remission and 3 decades of cancer survivor. I know how the system works, has worked, and can work.

Since the point of the article is on K.I.S.S. €“ Keep it simple stupid I think you miss the bigger picture of the article.

However, as usual you are welcome to your opinion.

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Laura Bramble November 6, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Also, an insurance plan is only as good as the doctors that accept it. No doctor can afford to accept a high number of insurers because he couldn’t afford the staff necessary to process the claims and all the different standards they all have.

Especially in rural areas where there are very few doctors, you get whatever insurance they accept. So it doesn’t matter if another company has lower rates if your doctor doesn’t accept it.

Plus once an insurer from another state has to pay claims in states with higher costs and more liability, then they will have to raise their rates to everyone and they won’t remain low cost anymore. BC/BS in a state like, I don’t know… Kentucky or North Dakota, has lower rates than BC/BS in New York for a reason. If people from New York start buying insurance from BC/BS in Kentucky and the insurer has to start paying out more than they average in their cost model, they raise the premiums. Boom- there goes the “cost savings” from opening up state borders. Then you have large comglomerates buying up smaller companies in order to spread the risk and achieve cost savings from simplifying standards and there you go- a small number of large insurers who can then set the rates wherever they want as long as they all stay close together. Why should they offer much lower rates than the other guys when they can make more profit because they do things more efficiently? They won’t; they’re a for profit corporation. They’ll take the profits…Then people will scream and ask the government to step in and do something about it because the American people are being exploited. So you’ll end up with government intervention anyway.

Let’s just plan this right from the get go instead of a quick fix just to save a few bucks in the short term without addressing the entire issue.

Consti, my dad works for a company that recieves government contracts. It is obvious that you don’t understand how that process works. They can’t use a $5 screwdriver, for a whole myriad of reasons. While I’m sure that there is waste and bloat that can be addressed, just looking at what the government pays for things wothout further investigation does not give you the full picture. Dig a little deeper. Plus the fact that when companies know the government is buying, they jack their prices. My dad sees it all the time. Unless governent agents go to Home Depot and buy all their stores out of $5 screwdrivers, they have to buy them for whatever someone is willing to sell them to. And they can’t buy the same $5 screwdriver that’s made in China or some other such country that you buy at Home Depot. They are expected to buy things made here in the US to bolster the US economy and to guard against industrial espionage, as well as, in military contracting, to guard secret plans. Please be sure you are comparing apples and apples before you use your examples.

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Consti Tution November 6, 2009 at 8:59 am

While I don’t agree with your statement; “I d much rather be dealing with BS due to well meaning incompetence than dealing with intentional BS designed to wring every penny out of me so that it can go into paying for a bloated management and a CEO s golden parachute.” I understand what you are saying. I don’t think that even a well meaning incompetent program will work. Look at Medicade and Medicare to see what a well meaning incompetent program looks like. I think you are confusing the profits of insurance companies with the profits of pharmaceuticals. Additionally, there is no reason to saddle the public with another 1.2 trillion in debt. If you didn’t check the link of what that looks like you should its an eye opener.

According to their own auditors, Medicare knowingly overpays for almost everything it buys. Examples include:
– $7,215 to rent an oxygen concentrator, when the purchase price is $600.
– $4,018 for a standard wheelchair, while the private sector pays $1,048.
– $1,825 for a hospital bed, compared to an Internet price of $1,071.
– $3,335 for a respiratory pump, versus an advertised price of $1,987.
– $82 for a diabetic supply kit, instead of a $47 price on the Web.

There are already cases where individuals pay $12 for Tylenol in the hospital. And lest we forget the $1,200 hammer and $30,000 dollar toilet seat the government paid for. I really don’t trust the government to be able to spend our money wisely to begin with. Why should I think any different of healthcare? Well meaning incompetence is not what Obama promised us.

Thank you for your comments.

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Laura Bramble November 5, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Deregulation and increased competition in the marketplace is not a guaranteed quick fix. It has not worked in the case of utilities- they have all just insured that they charge around the same amount. Gas prices have not kept with market conditions and the suppliers and stations all make sure that they stay pretty close in price. While it may be a part of the equation, it is not an “end-all, be-all.”

And while tort reform is a valid part of the equation, we cannot reduce the liability a provider can pay to the point where it is more economically feasible to do the wrong thing or make dangerous shortcuts. Especially since it was providers who began the trend of paying “gag” money in order to avoid legal ramifications. Yes, lawyers suck the system, but would an ordinary person even stand a chance without one?

Personally I think a government system won’t be much more efficient or customer service oriented than a private one. However, I’d much rather be dealing with BS due to well meaning incompetance than dealing with intentional BS designed to wring every penny out of me so that it can go into paying for a bloated management and a CEO’s golden parachute. If indeed health insurance companies don’t make much of a profit (6% according to them) with the ability to deny coverage to anyone who may cost them money, then maybe it is not a business that is profitable enough to be run by the private sector. If you make it a public system, then that 6% could go into paying for those who are denied coverage under the current system or be seen as a savings.

Either way, whether through tax dollars or by premiums for my son and I that are drastically not in line with our health, the amount and type of services we use and the size of the family plan that we are forced to pay the premiums for, I am already paying more than my fair share and subsidizing health care for others.

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