Let me start out by saying this. I am currently opposed to the health care legislation framework in all House & Senate versions as it is currently proposed. The legislation does kick a person off their current plan if your plan does not meet a certain number of beneficiaries by 2014, as noted by Politico this is a fact. It is not untrue; it is pure fact. Neither plan offered by either party addresses matter like allowing more people on Medicaid to see dentists.
Where are the answers Congress? If you want to do it through free market solutions, fine get it done. This is just one example of many in this bill that is not addressed by either ideology, party, whatever.
I personally do not believe anything will be done in a constructive manner at the health care summit. Is President Obama going to do anything of substance in regards to tort reform? No. Is President Obama serious about letting people buy insurance across state lines? No. Because I feel the ultimate goal of the radicals in Congress is to move America into a single payer, Medicare for all system and this is the first step. Does Obama really want to make it easier for small businesses to give their employees health care? Maybe, but the ideological stalwarts like George Miller and Anthony Weiner of New York do not fundamentally believe that the private sector should play no role in the health care system as noted by Think Progress. I personally will never know where President Obama himself stands because he will never be able to express his true opinion while being able to let his guard down.
Are things like the Wyden-Bennett bill which actually covers everyone going to be considered in this bi-partisan summit? Of course not because people on the left don’t like its free market mechanisms and people on the right still don’t concede the fact that the taxpayer has to flip the bill if someone walks into an emergency room and that means EVERY ONE needs coverage unless you’ve got enough savings to prevent a personal calamity, every one needs coverage. Scratch that, people on the right do concede that they may or may not have a way to combat that issue and someone should bring that up at the meeting.
Let me go on to say that the House move in the right direction the day before President Obama’s summit by repealing the antitrust exemptions for health care companies. This will begin the process of letting private health companies compete if they want to sell health insurance in more states. No health care company should be allowed to dominate 80 to 90 percent of the market in a given state and then to have that monopoly protected by statute? Sure, I guess if they beat every other private health insurance company fair and square that would be “good” for America in some people’s eyes, but currently they can sue any other private health insurance who tries to challenge them.
This is not healthy for the consumer who wants choice and competition. I like several flavors of ice cream thank you very much, and I don’t like Wal Mart being the only place to shop. I personally believe that the private sector can provide better, quicker health services then the public sector. I still fundamentally believe in S-CHIP Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security disability for those who cannot work or for children who have parents who refuse to work.
The health care itself with most of these programs is pretty good. The question here is whether the social workers who play a role in getting these programs working will actually encourage people to one day get off them or people will stop cheating , lying about their assets so their kid can get S-CHIP. Then what we end up with in order to combat the cheating, lying and fraud aided by lazy social workers are lunatics who say abolish all of these programs. America doesn’t need this, America needs solutions and actual vetting of programs. All of these subjects will not be touched upon at the summit and even if they are the loons on both sides will not be happy with the results.
Carol E. Lee. “Obama kicks off final health care push.” Politico.
Think Progress Staff. “Weiner Offends The GOP On House Floor: You’re All ‘Owned’ By The ‘Insurance Industry’!” Think Progress.