This Is An Earth Shattering Weekend

March 18, 2010

This entry is really twofold:

a)     an exchange on FaceBook with a wise friend, and

b)    what a vote on ObamaCare really means

To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not. ~ Thomas Paine

That’s the quote a friend put up on FaceBook. I responded…

 Geesh…where do you get all these goodies?

 He replied…

I read a lot about and by the patriarchs of our country. It is amazing how many of their fears concerning what government could become have come true. So many of their stances were in reaction to the English government, but are oh so applicable to the US government we have today.

My favorites are Thomas Paine, Jefferson, Adams and Franklin.

In their day, the concern was over the uneducated masses not being fit to choose the direction of the country. I would say we have the same problem today except it is not just ignorance, but apathy.  The problem with this mindset is it relies on the education and integrity of the leaders to “direct” the country in the best interest of the masses. 200 years ago this was probably a safe idea, but even they were scared of the corruption that would be upon those given such power. Today we give the power freely to those known to be corrupt and self serving and let them decided issues like healthcare, taxes, and social security. We have become exactly what the forefathers feared.

 A friend of his chimed in…

All of what you are saying, I agree with. But I think the framework of our republic has already been ravaged.

Every decade that has passed since the founding of our country, people come into power, run into the troublesome safeguards the founding fathers put in place… and go on to somehow convince us to allow them to modify, alter, weaken, or dismantle those safeguards.

In the big picture, things are no different now than Roman times. We’re still burdened by that thing we call human nature. So far, nobody in the history of the world has come up with a solution for the gradual systemic decay that occurs in any given system when humans are allowed to run it.

Any conjecture by any person that there is a solution for today’s ills would need to include the steps for this human nature issue and so far, none do. That’s because we all have our human nature and own interest tucked away under the covers, and nobody but Mother Teresa wants to give those up.

Then my friend replied…

[“K” from the movie Men In Black, to “J”]  “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the earth was flat, and 15 minutes ago you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

Imagine what the world would be like without the personal agendas that screw everything up. I wish I could say, “The person is generous and self sacrificing and the people were greedy and without morals,” but unfortunately, it is the individual AND the people.

The death of “America” if it passes.

I cannot believe the unmitigated gall of democrats – with a healthcare bill rooted in socialism (destroying private entities in favor of replacing them with government ones that cost an extra trillion dollars) – to cram this down American’s throat despite ALL the objections:

  • Idaho’s governor signed a (symbolic) law into effect that will mandate Idaho’s attorney general to sue congress over the illegality of the healthcare mandate if it’s signed into law. 37 other states are drafting similar measures. There is nothing in the constitution that allows government to mandate healthcare insurance for citizens.
  • The public is overwhelmingly against this un-American power grab. In fact, every study has shown that the more people know about it, the more they do not support it! If the democrats had the support, this would’ve been a done deal last summer. They don’t have the support (the votes), so…
  • Democrats have to come up with a “back door” plan (BUDGET reconciliation) to pass ObamaCare without the standard 60% votes. THAT may not work, so they have to go to the …
  • Slaughter Solution” (so named after congresswoman Louise Slaughter). Aptly named for the way ObamaCare will slaughter freedom and private enterprise, the “Slaughter Solution” is a rules change that allows the bill to “pass” the house without a vote at all.

I am not for the “status quo” in healthcare, and I DO favor reform, but ObamaCare is a turn to something our Founding Fathers never dreamed of.

“How can we come to a place where we suspend all common sense, and expect to survive?” – Glenn Beck.

Thomas Paine wrote “Common Sense” in 1776, and he derided the model of a tyrannical king that is the sole distributor of laws and “benefits” (originally confiscated from taxpayers). King Obama is telling you that only he (and his democratic minions) know what is good for you, and you’d better just say “yes” to their healthcare mandate and accept whatever pittance he throws your way. Common sense HAS been suspended, and democrats wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s in their best interest to keep people dumb, and promise them the world, rather than tell them the truth: ObamaCare takes away your freedom, your money, and cannot deliver what it promises.

Yet there is an uprising: millions and millions of voices saying “no” to this abomination disguised as “healthcare.” God help us be successful in crushing this evil, dehumanizing monster.

“This is an earth shattering weekend,” I heard on the radio this morning as I’m told the house will likely vote on ObamaCare on Sunday. Considering the size of “heathcare,” (1/6th of the economy I’m told), then nearly EVERYTHING hinges on this vote. Future taxes. Education funding. School curriculums. Workplace benefits. Illegal Immigration. Everything. 

If you’ve never made a call to your congressperson, now is the time. It’s very easy, takes only a minute, and the staffers who answer treat you well. Please make a call now.

  • 1-877-762-8762 or
  • 202-224-3121
  • Contact them DIRECTLY by phone or email here.
  • Contact the media (radio, TV, blogs, FaceBook) and don’t let up until the vote.

The problem with ObamaCare is it tries to guarantee something that cannot be guaranteed: life. Life is inherently instable, and ultimately will end. Socialized healthcare says, “No matter what happens, we’ll take care of you, and it will cost you nothing.” And that is where the democrats and the left are wrong: ultimately they can’t guarantee your health or life, and it will cost us EVERYTHING!

The future of freedom  and our republic depends on rejecting ObamaCare style of health reform.


Healthcare Facebookin’ with a Happy Socialist

October 17, 2009

This may shock you, but I have liberal friends. Extremely liberal friends too. This one is from Denmark, a country of 5.5 million that is probably the most socialist in Europe. And she’s just delighted that it is so. We have great friendly exchanges. I think she’s crazy; she thinks I’m nuts. Here is some dialogue off our FaceBook accounts.

First: She voted “yes” in the “Are you in favor of universal heathcare?” poll. You’ll laugh as I tell you that I checked “yes” too … I just don’t want government to do it. Then I commented on her post.

We already have universal health care. Ask any illegal alien receiving “servicios-gratis” in another one of the soon-to-be-shutdown bankrupt hospitals in Southern California.

And

39% yes, 16% no, 44% hell no. I would be ALL FOR IT if it was handled outside the inefficient, overbearing, nanny-state federal government. What if the hospitals that offered free service (not just ER visits) for low income / uninsured people got tax breaks? That’s ALMOST like “government run” healthcare, but without the top down bureaucratic madness inherent in any government system. Maybe hospitals and medical centers could COMPETE for these tax breaks, by serving a greater percentage of uninsured in the community … I see efficiency brewing!!

Second: She sent me an article about insurance reform, that I actually sympathized with. See? I’m not the cold “let ‘em die” Obama-opposer the liberal lamestream media would have you believe. I just don’t think that government should be in the healthcare business, except for a TINY bit of regulation.

That was a GREAT article, and really highlighted the strong need for insurance reform. See? I value “reform,” but I still don’t want “government healthcare.” Medicare, Medicaid and the VA are statistically much more wasteful than private systems. They don’t have to be efficient: they don’t have to, ‘cuz it’s just taxpayer money, and government takes care of it.
I think I would be open to more insurance regulation (CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?) But we should START with “portability” and “individual” pools, and make them competitive over state lines (currently prohibited by the federal gov’t).
And let’s get real: if we STARTED years ago with “tort reform” we may not even be having this discussion!

And

Question on that last one: in Denmark, is there tort limits? Can a Danish citizen sue a doctor or hospital for millions in “pain and suffering” and a “lifetime of lost wages”?

She replied…

I think they can, but it has yet to happen. As a healthcare provider you are insured through your workplace or union, so we do not have to pay insurance against malpractice out of our own pocket, only if we work out side the system, in some kind of private facility.

And its my blog, I get to have the last word.

First: “It has yet to happen”? How come people who are the victims of gross negligence don’t seek redress (at least to have consequences for the provider that made the mistake)? Is it because the actually can’t? Second: How many people operate “outside” that socialized system? Very few, I’m sure.  I’m sure the Danish government makes it is WAY too expensive to thrive outside the government system. And that is where the government owns you. On that note, I came up with a new “rear window sign” idea:

I’m here to bring you hope!

But it’s gonna cost ya,

So give me your wallet.

Hope you have to pay dearly for is not hope;

it’s slavery painted as “good intentions.”


An Open Letter to My Senator on Healthcare

October 8, 2009

I admit that I’m a little harsh in this one, and in some spots I seem irreverent. But this could be the pivotal point in my life where I tell my kids “this is where it all went downhill.” And we have an opportunity to bring us back from the brink here, so I have to let it all out before the vote comes. May God help us all.

Dear Senators,

I am against this bill that’s being rushed to the Senate floor.

  • Government shouldn’t be in the business of directing healthcare for the nation. THAT IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S BUSINESS. There are MANY ways that “reform” can be handled by the private sector. See Bobby Jindal’s Washington Post article here.
  • 2/3 of doctors don’t support this bill. That should tell us something! The president’s photo op was a farce. This is NOT what is best for patients!! Yet democrats insist on pushing this bad legislation anyway? WHY IS THAT? Is it because you think you know better, and all of us plebeians are stupid? How arrogant. That is the only reason I can see for continuing to push this bill that it seems that most free thinking Americans don’t want: arrogance.
  • The “public option” is particularly nefarious. Good thing for you that big government also likes to keep our kids stupid in public schools. Anyone with 1/2 a brain knows that if a “public option” is in the mix, it will NOT have to truly compete with private options, but government subsidies will consistently undercut the private options until they are out of business. Not to mention all these “uninsured” will HAVE to chose the public plan (for economic reasons). There is NO WAY that Obama would let a “public system” fail. He has banked too much on that, and he WILL use my money to subsidize it, and cause the downfall of the entire free market American health care system. Which brings me to my next point:
  • Government systems suck. Not just the failed socialist examples of western Europe, but right here in America we have Medicare / Medicaid / VA … ALL of these are HUGE WASTERS of money, and every other day I see a new report on TV about the waste that goes on here. If Obama and democrats want us to believe in their system, they should start with these government systems that are in place now, and make them really attractive. As it is, they are an embarrassment, and it just PROVES THAT GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS DON’T WORK. At least they don’t work well. But – given your record – I’m fairly confident you’ll still try to push this “un-wellness” down our throats.
  • I love the idea of “universal care for all.” That is so utopian. We DO care here in America that much. But it will drag the quality of care down and push taxes way up. Obama wants quality care that is affordable for all. But when you add 30 million new “customers” and make co-payments really low, you will have a rush on the system that will crush us. It will crush us. There are free market solutions (such as tax incentives for clinics to cater to a certain percentage of uninsured) that will NOT crush us. And conservative ideas – that have so far been almost completely rejected by democrats – can be implemented gradually.
  • And we can’t just give healthcare to the world. Again, I am ashamed that democrats won’t put a line in the bill about “no healthcare for illegal immigrants.” We just cant give away healthcare to 12 million people. And Joe Wilson was right: Obama lied. Otherwise democrats would have put a line in the bill about it so Obama could be a man of his word.
  • Tort reform. You and your fellow democrats are just money whores on this one. 90% of trial lawyer candidate support goes to democrats, so you just wont cut off the hand that feeds you. Shame on you for sacrificing what is good for America for the good of your political career. Tort reform alone could be the one thing that drastically reduces prices for every single American, and makes all the other health care goals attainable, but democrats wont even put this one on the table. And I am ashamed of them for it. Here is my promise to you: if YOU introduce radical “Tort Reform” into the democrat’s idiotic plan, you will have my vote next election. Lawsuit caps will drastically lower insurance payouts, which lowers malpractice insurance for doctors everywhere, and lowers the cost for every single American. Oh, and this only will happen in a truly competitive market, so I’m sure if Obama has his way, he’ll make it impossible.
  • We cant pay for this. We don’t have the money. “Healthcare reform” as democrats have planned is a recovery killer. I will hold you personally responsible if you continue pushing it. It is IRRESPONSIBLE to blast all Americans with mammoth new taxes (which the CBO has said WILL happen under the democrat plan).

Democrats wonder why there is all this resistance out in America to their plan. It’s because we see through it, to the radical power grab that it actually is. This is not “healthcare reform;” it’s “life control.” The democrat healthcare plan is sick! I’ve read the bullet points, and I don’t think there is ANY redeeming value in it. If you think there IS, let’s introduce some individual points and not go all out to tuck all Americans under big governments regulatory wing. It’s un-American and wrong. This big plan as it is should quietly die.

Healthcare reform as a free market system costs almost nothing by comparison. All a conservative approach does is unshackle the system as it stands from the constraints that make it inefficient. Let’s see insurance become “individual,” “portable,” and able to be sold across state lines. Let’s see radical “tort reform.” Lets see a move to electronic records (and computerized searches for fraud, waste and duplication). Let’s use what works well in one state, and transplant that to another. Let’s stop healthcare for illegal immigrants except in the case of imminent life threatening situations. Let’s free up Americans to actually apply “choice and competition” and show the world a system that really works!

Please stop this nonsense!

Paul Revere


Two Out of Three Doctor’s Surveyed …

October 6, 2009

Do NOT Support Obamacare.

A picture’s worth a thousand words. I love this shot (from the NY Post). Obama’s staffers are handing out white lab coats to make the hand picked doctors who support Obamacare look more “doctor-ish” for the cameras. Does that make you want to get behind the monstrous takeover called Obamacare?

Doctor photo op

This should tell you almost everything you need to know:

  • Most docs are not supporting Obamacare (statistics below)
  • This whole “doctors on the white house lawn” thing was for show…
  • Because this huge government takeover of the most intimate part of your life (your health) is on it’s deathbed.

At this photo-op the president lied (again): “When you cut through all the noise and all the distractions that are out there, I think what’s most telling is that some of the people who are most supportive of reform are the very medical professionals who know the health-care system best.”

That is utter nonsense. The facts don’t support that lie. (According to an Investor’s Business Daily poll):

  • 2/3 of doctors are against Obamacare. That’s sixty-six percent, or rephrased, “two out of three doctors prefer freedom, choice, and competition” to the big government regulation socialist takeover of one sixth of the nation’s expenditures.
  • 45% would consider quitting if Obamacare passes. After all, since the free-market model will be replaced with a communist style democratic plan, doctors would probably be able to make the same money fixing up Harley’s.

The American Medical Association supports Obamacare. BUT 86% of doctors say that the AMA is now too political and out of touch with the doctors it represents. It figures AMA supports big-government takeover, they’d probably get a kickback.

Look, your health is your business. Discuss it with your doctor. Your health has to do with everything you do. Everything. It is not just that government will control and regulate 1/6th of the economy if the democrats have their way. They will be able to tell you how to live. Really. Right now your kids can’t go to school without proof that their vaccinations are up to date. Multiply that times 100 if Obamacare is in place. If the government controls your healthcare, they can tell you what jobs you can take, and under what circumstances. Sound far-fetched? What if the democrats apply health care tactics to another huge government takeover project: the environment. They could dictate that it is too hazardous for humans to be working on oilrigs, coalmines or nuclear reactors, and then they can regulate strict (unnecessary, or unreasonable) protections for workers that make producing energy too expensive for companies to produce those things on a cost effective basis to consumers. And if employees don’t comply with the government health-based mandates for those conditions: well, then they don’t get health insurance. Oh and if they don’t have health insurance, Obama’s going to charge them 2.5% of their income as a fine …unless you’re an illegal alien of course, in which case you get a pass and “free” healthcare.

Universal healthcare sounds great because we care that much. But if we do it with a big government takeover, you will regret it with your life.

Can we do it with American values under a free market system?

Yes we can!

The conservative alternative doesn’t require a 1,000 page pile of new regulation that has to be passed in the middle of the night when no one is looking. It’s so clean, honest, and good it can be proclaimed in the daylight. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has written an excellent piece in the Washington Post. It is the best, most concise version of free market, conservative ideas that will really work I’ve ever seen. This plan LIBERATES people from the shackles of government, giving them the individual benefits that come with that, and DOESN’T add the RESTRICTIVE shackles that democrats are saying is necessary to accomplish their power grab give you what you need what they know has never worked well in any country where its already been tried.

Read Bobby Jindal’s piece here.

Again, it’s excellent. He says that the democratic plan for healthcare is over (and you know it is, nearly no one wants it), and it’s time for conservatives of all colors to turn the corner, and go on the offensive with a clear presentation of plans that free people to enjoy better healthcare at lower costs and less government intrusion.

Contact your congress people, and tell them the giant socialist healthcare takeover is over. Send them a copy of Jindal’s piece. And – get this – we can institute these principles gradually, one at a time. I suggest we start with tort reform, and I suggest what Jindal didn’t in his piece: that we use healthcare principles that have worked well in some states, and transplant them to others that are floundering.

But you get the picture. It can be done, and it doesn’t have to be done all at once. Let them know you support a free market solution that liberates us, not shackles us, and one that actually works.

Once again, here’s your contact information:

  • Contact your representatives to put pressure on him to reject Obamacare and protect your individual liberties. Complete list of congress’ email and fax numbers here. Another “contact congress” option is here.  Make a call! The capitol switchboard is: 1-202-224-3121.
  • Let Obama know that you’re done with his plan, and it’s time to work with republicans (for real) and conservatives of all colors to make a change to “free market” solutions.
  • Contact the media (radio, TV, blogs) and help them know more.
  • Talk with your friends about the free market principles outlined in Jindal’s piece. Link it on your FaceBook.

I welcome your comments below as well.


Healthcare Reform Swirlies II

September 30, 2009

Here’s just some of the changes no one is hoping for:

Don’t let your rep’s pick you up, flip you over, and dunk your head in the bowl while telling you it’s “good for the country.”

Swirly guys

Tell them “NO!” to all these big-government schemes to dictate to you what you can’t have and how much more you’re going to pay for it anyway.

Johnny Isakson: “Americans Anxious About Healthcare Reform”

Complete list of congress’ email and fax numbers here.

Another “contact congress” option is here.

MORE DEBT +

HIGHER TAXES +

LESS “CARE” =

OBAMACARE


Congressional Budget Office (non-partisan): There Are NO Savings

July 27, 2009

President Obama either has enormous stones, is “acting stupidly” with healthcare, or his is willfully ignorant, and trying to wish (and “hope”) the giant pile of ca-ca he calls “healthcare reform” to change into something workable. It’s not. ObamaCare is broke before it even gets out the door. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO, non-partisan) says so.

In a highly controversial move, Barack “its all about me” Obama invited CBO head’s over to his digs for some quality bonding time. (Read that Obama’s goons put CBO leaders in a headlock, gave them a noogie, and say “now who’s plan gives citizens every drop of healthcare they want for free? Hmmm?”) Thank God the CBO leaders didn’t cave. Zero’s schoolyard bullying tactics didn’t yield the CBO’s milk money; There are no savings. None.

Obama’s own budget from March is more than ambitious, it’s outrageous, and really impossible. Even the “Anointed One” couldn’t change this water into wine.

Against his utopian dreams, Barack sings, “Imagine,” while hoping these things will change from a giant pile of poo to diamonds (to be taxed at a confiscatory rate, of course). (from the White House OMB page, March 2009):

  • Invest in education and in our most precious resource—our people—through a major new commitment to early childhood education, scaling up innovative new programs in our schools, and opening up the doors to college; (can’t go wrong supporting the kids, except there are lots of countries around the world who are beating us in education at half the price. Maybe it’s the NEA?).
  • Invest in clean energy technologies like wind power and solar power, advanced biofuels, and fuel-efficient cars—investments that would help free us from foreign oil, create millions of jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced, and make clean energy the profitable kind of energy; (“Cap and Trade” will not just hamstring us, it will cut our legs off. $20/gallon gas is “good for us” they say. Unless you like the idea of riding around in a wind-powered wheelchair, this idiotic legislation needs a “no” as well. The whole issue would be mostly solved if we’d build new nuclear plants across the nation) and 
  • Cut the deficit in half by 2013. (Considering Obama’s already jacked it up to four times (and climbing) any of Bush’s presidential years, I’d say this one’s a laughable “no go.”)
  • Invest in health care, since rising health care costs are a burden not only for the federal government but also for families, companies, and states; (CBO says this is impossible)

ObamaCare will remain “poo,” and you shouldn’t buy it, even when Democrats sprinkle it with cubic zirconium and tell you how it sparkles. Tell your Senators “the numbers don’t add up, and we mustn’t ram this awful, costly, and completely ineffective piece of legislation down our throats.” It’s not castor oil; it’s sulfuric acid.

Hot Air now reports in a great article entitled, “New Dem strategy on ObamaCare: Ignore the evidence and just trust us!”

After taking shots to the political solar plexus from the CBO on the costs of their health-care reform package, House Democrats have decided to drop the pretense of saving money through ObamaCare.  Instead, The Hill reports that Democrats will argue that the new health-care system will be so good, that it will be worth spending a lot more money on it

 

There is a better way that reforms healthcare while liberating us from Government shackles. That’s a health benefit that spills over into your whole life. From HealthTransformation.net 

  1. Stop Paying the Crooks. First, we must dramatically reduce healthcare fraud within our current healthcare system. Outright fraud – criminal activity – accounts for as much as 10 percent of all healthcare spending. That is more than $200 billion every year. Medicare alone could account for as much as $40 billion a year. (Please visit HealthTransformation.net for the information about our latest CHT Press book, Stop Paying the Crooks, edited by Jim Frogue.)
  2. Move from a Paper-based to an Electronic Health System. As it stands now, it is simply impossible to keep up with fraud in a paper-based system. An electronic system would free tens of billions of dollars to be spent on investing on the kind of modern system that will transform healthcare. In addition, it would dramatically increase our ability to eliminate costly medical errors and to accelerate the adoption of new solutions and breakthroughs.
  3. Tax Reform. The savings realized through very deliberately and very systematically eliminating fraud could be used to provide tax incentives and vouchers that would help cover those Americans who currently can’t afford coverage. In addition, we need to expand tax incentives for insurance provided by small employers and the self-employed. Finally, elimination of capital gains taxes for investments in health-solution companies can greatly impact the creation advancement of new solutions that create better health at lower cost.
  4. Create a Health-Based Health System. In essence, we must create a system that focuses on improving individual health. The best way to accomplish this is to find out what solutions are actually working today that save lives and save money and then design public policy to encourage their widespread adoption. For example, according to the Dartmouth Health Atlas, if the 6,000 hospitals in the country provided the same standard of care of the Intermountain or Mayo health clinics, Medicare alone would save 30 percent of total spending every year. We need to make best practices the minimum practice. We need the federal government and other healthcare stakeholders to consistently migrate to best practices that ensure quality, safety and better outcomes.
  5. Reform Our Health Justice System. Currently, the U.S. civil justice system is the most expensive in the world-about double the average cost in virtually every other industrialized nation. But for all of the money spent, our civil justice system neither effectively compensates persons injured from medical negligence nor encourages the elimination of medical errors. Because physicians fear malpractice suits, defensive medicine (redundant, wasteful treatment designed to avoid lawsuits, not treat the patient) has become pervasive. CHT is developing a number of bold health-justice reforms including a “safe harbor” for physicians who followed clinical best practices in the treatment of a patient. You can learn more at HealthTransformation.net.
  6. Invest in Scientific Research and Breakthroughs. We must accelerate and focus national efforts, re-engineer care delivery, and ultimately prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and diabetes which are financially crippling our healthcare system.

The last thing we need is a healthcare plan that raises taxes and eliminates jobs.

I would also add a provision to bump illegals off the healthcare dole; we spend billions on free healthcare for uninsured illegal aliens every year. Let the government health system where they came from tackle their issues, we have too many healthcare problems of our own to be just giving it away free. But I digress.

Obama’s plan doesn’t work. No savings. And lets be straight: other provisions in the bill (dictatorial restrictions, actually) are downright evil, power grabs, and an attempt to manipulate not only what you receive in healthcare, but who you vote for, because once democrats have you corralled into their pen, are you really going to vote against the only pathetic healthcare scraps they toss your way?

Democrats cant be trusted with healthcare. Their motives are not out for your best interest.

 

Just say “no” to ObamaCare.

Here’s how:

You can always contact your representatives:

  • U.S. Capitol switchboard” 1-202-224-3121. Just ask for you senator or representative.
  • Write your representatives: You can get contact information here. By entering your zip code on the left side, and various contact information pops up. A hand written letter means much more than an email, and generally gets a paper letter response (even if it is a form letter).

Read up on the latest happenings that directly affect your life: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

I always recommend contacting your local media (TV, radio, and even print or web media) about these issues.

And of course, Big O takes your comments (and promptly ignores them) here: President@WhiteHouse.Gov


Oepn Letter to My Senator on Healthcare

June 26, 2009

Dear Senator,

 

I have indeed signed up for you updates on Healthcare (following the link off the email you sent).  I am reluctant to “share my story” because I don’t think these stories will be used in the way I would like them to.

 

Given the heavy handed socialistic “down your throat,” methods used by the Obama administration, and the fact that your democratic record votes nearly in lock step with Obama’s agenda, I think stories will be “pick and choosed” to support a government takeover of healthcare, much like the slick ABC “Obama Health” special this week; no dissenting views are allowed! And I most certainly do NOT want government healthcare(in ANY form). Government has NEVER done anything more efficiently than the private sector – and except for the military (“provide for the common defense”) – I don’t WANT any further “takovers” of private institutions by government. Our current “government” healthcare system – the VA – costs 25% more than their private sector counterparts. I see no reason that “nationalized healthcare for all” will do any better. Please do all you can to stop this.

 

I also have a different take on what is driving the outrageous healthcare costs that, yes, my family … suffers from as well. At least we have some form of healthcare insurance …

 

The right way to reform our current system is twofold:

 

First, we need to reward good healthcare choices. Please consider Safeway’s response to rising healthcare, which rewards employees for preventative care, and for good health decisions. (One link here, but type “Safeway Healthcare” into Google for more). Employees who don’t smoke and maintain a healthy weight are rewarded with lower healthcare premiums. This encourages Safeway employees to make better decisions: for their health and for their wallet. Fat smokers can still get insurance through Safeway, but it will cost them a bit more. This is fair and it is the way it should be. And it naturally (not using “big brother” government) encourages people in a healthy direction, which is good for our nation.

 

Second: we need to stop carefree healthcare litigation. The real driver of the outrageous healthcare costs (that I’m afraid democrats will ignore in their efforts to nationalize healthcare) is litigation. Lawyers have absolved nearly everyone of personal responsibility, and there are no caps on “pain and suffering” (in addition to direct costs of malpractice). This just leads every citizen who partners with a lawyer to a “free for all.” They sue to get all they can … because they can. Because of this, every doctor prescribes extra (very often unnecessary) tests, to make sure all their bases are covered, because they are doctoring out of fear, instead of making a more reasoned diagnosis. The system now primes patients to pounce all over the doctors who are trying to help them. Doctors are trying to help and yet cowering under the threat of litigation has made US citizens ready to sue for a billion if their cancer cannon be cured! Have we forgot that we’re human? Have we forgot that we have the best healthcare system in the world? Yet, sometimes things just happen.

 

I propose we liberate our healthcare professionals from “doctoring by fear,” and lower healthcare costs by limiting that which strangles them! With a reduction in litigation, there will be a reduction of insurance costs for doctors, and lower healthcare costs for all. Please consider caps on litigation, and encouraging personal responsibility and preventive medicine.