The Future Of Healthcare In America

I’m going to jump right in and say that in the most generic way, government healthcare insurance for everyone isn’t a good idea.  I’m using the word generic to mean everyone shouldn’t be under a system like this.  It probably wouldn’t happen, but it is necessary to break down, not only what a system like this would mean, but also who it would benefit.

Immediately throw people who can afford their own doctors out of this equation.  I think it is safe to say that people with the means to do so would want to choose their own doctors and wouldn’t be part of a government healthcare system.  It is a really big stretch, but could you see Bill Gates and Oprah waiting down at the free clinic?  I don’t think so!

What President Obama Wants

Obama wants this done period.  Reports are saying he is flexible on how things work out as long as it gets done.  For many, regardless of party, this is refreshing coming from the president.  Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa said, “When the president is flexible on controversial things … I think that that’s good news.”

Those of us who still have just a sliver of faith in our president need to hear some positive things about him since everyone is so eager to tear him down.  I’m sure [wink] there are some who will read this and will have negative feelings about Obama.  He could make it rain, like Pac-Man Jones in a strip club, for some people and they will still find fault!

Can he at least get an E for effort?

What The Hang Up Is

Of course, the hang up is money.  Somebody is going to have to pay for this and the last thing we need is more debt.  In true political fashion, the wrong move by Obama could cause some to doubt his words.  Check this out: To pay for the health care overhaul, Congress is seriously considering a first-ever tax on some employer-provided medical benefits. But Obama campaigned against that last year, and its inclusion would require him to reverse course. Obama says health care legislation must be paid for, but his own list of tax increases and spending cuts doesn’t cover the full cost.

Uh, Mr. President, there are people waiting to jump on you (again) with both feet if you go back on your word.

What We Don’t Want

What we don’t want, or need, is a cattle call in the doctor’s office.  If government healthcare becomes a reality, the next problem could be the quality of care given – I’ve been down this road before with another version of government healthcare and it still burns me up.  I envision long waits, short visits and Motrin (vitamin M) in mass quantities. 

Think about it from a doctor’s point of view.  They are sitting there with massive student loans, expensive malpractice insurance and need to find a way to pay the bills.  If they were to see patients in this system, would they be paid as much as they normally would?  If not, that means they need to up the quantity per day; I already think many doctors rush in (late) and rush back out.

What We Have

What we have is a president who means well, people in need and a potential massive bill that must be paid.  Even if those things are worked out, the quality of care is still to be determined, but I don’t think it will be all that great.  Unfortunately, I don’t think Obama is in a winnable situation.  If he fails people will be all over him and if he somehow succeeds, people will be all over him because they simply don’t like him.

He is doing the honorable thing – at least that is how it seems to me.  He is trying to help those he can despite the naysayers.  We really didn’t think he would say, “During my term I’m going to put more money in every Republicans’ pockets.” did we?  Come on!

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  1. It really doesn’t matter how you slice it, Obama wants everyone to have health coverage. That sounds terrific on the surface but I have a big problem paying for the thousands (millions) of Americans who are already milking the welfare and medicare system dry.

    What do you think is going to happen to the private insurance companies when people are given the option to opt in for the so called “free coverage”. What about the companies who are likely going to be taxed to fund portions of this new health care system, what do you think there going to do with the private insurance they provide for their workers? Oprah won’t subdue herself to the types of service’s you and I will receive, she’ll just have Dr. Oz on call 24 hours a day. Who knows, that may be a new market for the Doctors who refuse to submit themselves to the cattle call health care will become. They can start doing house calls for the rich and famous.

    I’m sick and tired of these government sponsored entitlement programs and policies. It is these policies that buried us to begin with. (Thank You Barney Frank) I’m still at a loss as I think about ACORN’s and Barney’s mission of getting the poorest of our country into homes they can’t afford.

    I’ve floated off topic a bit but let me say this. I don’t think kids should suffer from their parents ignorance, laziness, and refusal to contribute anything to society. I don’t have a problem with kids getting health care but I am very doubtful (Doubtful because Hawaii failed at this very thing, see article below) and have no confidence in the administration. Why is there no focus on education?

    I appreciate you covering the negatives of government ran health care (especially considering your experience with it) but if we went back in time about seven months, is there anyway you or any Obama supporter would have said, the tax payers will own several auto companies? Obama will quadruple Bush’s horrendous record setting deficit? Obama won’t even try to balance the budget throughout his first and presumed second term? And even more importantly, would you have supported him knowing what you know now?

    My point being, he will follow through with Health Care, the way he envisions it.

    You said – “We really didn’t think he would say, “During my term I’m going to put more money in every Republicans’ pockets.” did we? Come on!” Although I don’t consider myself a republican I’m sure those who do sincerely appreciate you proclaiming they are the most successful people in America.

    I saw a bumper sticker the other day that I’m going to buy, “Your Life is Not My Fault”. Let’s continue robbing from the rich as an apology for their success. When are people going to start taking responsibility for there choices in life? It’s not going to happen.

    Fox News Story on Hawaii’s Failure : http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,439607,00.html
    Rush on Hawaii’s Failure : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRa60lbxTpE

    Ryan Kazinec´s last blog post..Is Rush Limbaugh Good for the Repulican Party? A JealousBrother Guest Post by Robert Barr

  2. You know, I see both sides. On one hand, I think if there are people who are unable to afford health insurance (not those people who refuse to work) but those who are truly destitute, then the government should step in and provide health care. But, I don’t think those people who CAN work, but refuse to work, should be able to take part in a government-sponsored healthcare program.

    As far as President Obama, look, he’s a politician. He said some things to get elected. There you have it. Let me say it again, he’s a politician! Now, Ryan posed the question if those of us who voted for Obama knew then what we know now, would we still vote. I can only speak for myself, and I say yes because in my eyes, Obama was the lesser of two evils! There was no way I was going to vote McCain in the office with Sarah Palin as his running mate! Not a snowball chance in …well you know the rest! She was a total idiot and the thought of something, heaven forbid, happening to McCain, while he was president and Sarah taking over….ugh, I shudder at the thought!

    Having said all of that, President Obama has been in office for only 6 months. I am still giving him a year before I make a determination about how effective (or lack thereof) his presidency has been thus far.

  3. @Ryan Kazinec – You are really killing me here! You went off on a (small) rant about how people like Oprah will simply pay for their own doctor. You also talked about not wanting to pay for the health care of others. Umm, wasn’t I the one who said the same thing about people with money using their own doctors? Wasn’t I the one who mentioned “Somebody is going to have to pay for this and the last thing we need is more debt.”

    I also quoted what Chuck Grassley, a Republican Senator, said about Obama’s flexibility, but you glossed over that in favor of more negative things about Obama.

    Ryan, I have to call things like I see them and you simply let your dislike – close to hatred if you ask me – for Obama force you to see nothing but bad. You say you aren’t a Republican, but your views/comments scream republican. You even go so far as to say Palin isn’t an idiot. Come on!

    I agree with Kim, I would still vote for Obama because the thought of Palin being one heartbeat away from running our country scares me.

    Tune in tomorrow, because I have a little rant of my own.

  4. Tom,

    Let me just breakdown 3 quick facts for you and your bloggers about a national healthcare plan:

    Fact #1
    Private insurance companies are literally “raping” us with outrageous costs for healthcare. If these insurance companies have to compete with a national healthcare plan, it will force them to lower their prices—period.

    Fact #2
    Republicans argue that Obama’s vision for a national healthcare plan is nothing less than “a government takeover of the health care industry” and we should just let the free market work it out. This is baloney. We will STILL have the option of going with a private insurance company–if we choose and most importantly: The free market has not worked perfectly when it comes to health care…look at the mess its got us in right now!

    Fact #3
    The number of uninsured Americans is growing, premiums are skyrocketing, and more people are being denied coverage every day. Who’s going to end up paying for all the uninsured?!? You and I (taxpayers). Fixing this healthcare crisis by overhauling the health care system is essential to bringing down the federal deficit.

  5. @Tom Sawyer – My comment on Oprah was condescending if you didn’t catch onto that and I know nothing about Chuck Grassley. By the sounds of it you expect me to take him serious simply because he wears an (R) next to his name. Much to the dismay of your post today I don’t worship a party line nor do I follow any one group. I am a free thinker. I just got done working 14 hours so my official response to your post today will be delayed until at least tomorrow.

    Ryan Kazinec´s last blog post..Is Rush Limbaugh Good for the Repulican Party? A JealousBrother Guest Post by Robert Barr

  6. @Common Cents (a.k.a. Tony Banks) – Thank you for those comments! This situation has negatives and positives on both sides. On one hand, the quality of healthcare could go down if this works out. I have experience with a form of government healthcare and I don’t like it; yesterday I opted to make my primary care physician someone who isn’t on an Air Force base. Conversely, Tony has pointed out how the private insurance industry is getting fat off of customers.

    [sigh] I’m right back to what I’ve been saying about other businesses: the economy could get better overnight if these businesses would accept making a lot of money over the long haul instead of making a TON of money right now. Some say that is moving towards socialism, but I say that is moving away from greed. It isn’t like it would change their way of life – if everything is cheaper they pay less too.

  7. @Common Cents (a.k.a. Tony Banks)
    I was going to spend a significant amount of time finding sources to discredit every so called fact listed here but decided my time would better be used cleaning out my garage. However, I do have time to make a couple of points. First, let’s make it very clear. Your facts are not facts they are simply opinions based on absolutely no concrete evidence.

    Fact #1 (Opinion #1)
    Private insurance companies are literally “raping” us with outrageous costs for healthcare. If these insurance companies have to compete with a national healthcare plan, it will force them to lower their prices—period.

    Response: I’m no expert Mr. Banks but last time I checked insurance companies don’t impose health care costs, that my friend is determined by the hospital or health care facility. Your insurance carrier imposes premiums and then pays a percentage of your medical bills after you’ve reached your deductible. To say they will be forced to lower their prices is absurd. Private sector competition is what forces competitive pricing but that is irrelevant because the constantly rising health care costs. (The amount the hospital charges)

    Fact #2 (Opinion #2)
    Republicans argue that Obama’s vision for a national healthcare plan is nothing less than “a government takeover of the health care industry” and we should just let the free market work it out. This is baloney. We will STILL have the option of going with a private insurance company–if we choose and most importantly: The free market has not worked perfectly when it comes to health care…look at the mess its got us in right now!

    Response: Okay, again this is simply your opinion and is completely invalid. First off, there isn’t a republican out there that thinks the health care system doesn’t need some serious change but there also isn’t a republican out there that thinks the Government should run it. Let’s recap, Obama has stated in the past that he had no desire to run the banks or Auto companies yet we somehow now own several of the largest banks and auto companies, hence the government now has control. He’s also stated that his administration will be transparent and has failed miserably in that department. So excuse me if I don’t happen to trust our president if he says he doesn’t want government ran health care.

    Fact #3 (partial fact #3)
    The number of uninsured Americans is growing, premiums are skyrocketing, and more people are being denied coverage every day. Who’s going to end up paying for all the uninsured?!? You and I (taxpayers). Fixing this healthcare crisis by overhauling the health care system is essential to bringing down the federal deficit.

    Response: Part of your comment is actually fact, the number of uninsured Americans is growing and premiums are increasing. People aren’t denied coverage unless they have preexisting conditions that keep them from qualifying. People however can’t afford insurance in a lot of circumstances.

    Defining Fixing is the missing link. There certainly is a problem but it is multi faceted and there is no simple answer. If Obama is truly willing to work on the health care problem with all political parties then that’s great but at this point I will believe it when I see it.

    One issue that would certainly help the cost of health care is enforcing immigration laws and denying health care service to undocumented individuals. I searched for definite statistics but couldn’t find any that I would consider solid enough to represent the entire country so we’ll look at a couple a key states.

    “In Texas, where the state comptroller estimates illegal immigrants cost hospitals $1.3 billion in 2006, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston is considering denying cancer care to such immigrants.”(source: http://tinyurl.com/29awge)

    “One thing is clear: Undocumented immigrants are driving up the number of people without health insurance. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 59% of the nation’s illegal immigrants are uninsured, compared with 25% of legal immigrants and 14% of U.S. citizens. Illegal immigrants represent about 15% of the nation’s 47 million uninsured people — and about 30% of the increase since 1980.”(source: http://tinyurl.com/29awge)

    Here is an interesting video you might find interesting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLJxmJZXgNI

    Ryan Kazinec´s last blog post..Is Rush Limbaugh Good for the Repulican Party? A JealousBrother Guest Post by Robert Barr

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