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August 26, 2009

Ideas From Republicans on Health Care Reform

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 9:08 am
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Ok, the left and their supporters keep saying ‘This is the only plan,’ or ‘If you have a better idea…’  They want us to believe that the other side of the discussion just doesn’t have anything to offer, but that is completely untrue.  The fact is that every idea that comes out of the conservative base is being shot down by the majority in both houses.  I watched John Mccain’s town hall meeting yesterday in Sun City, and he had some pretty good ideas for making health care and health insurance much more affordable.  Of course it doesn’t have that ‘free’ tag that draws so many leeches in this country, but they do smack of commons sense.  Now, unfortunately I forgot to write them down, but I think I have them all.  If I missed one let me know.

  • Cutting malpractice liability…Doctors have to practice ‘defensive medicine’.  In other words, they have to perform more tests than are necessary, and at times perform procedures that aren’t necessarily needed in order to avoid being sued.  There are times when doctors question themselves, and in a matter of life and death self doubt can be disastrous.  All because they are afraid that if they are wrong they will get sued in this lawsuit happy society.
  • Tax Credit…this would be a tax credit from what I understand, not an actual cash check.  In other words, if you pay anywhere from 0-5,000 dollars a year for insurance, you claim it on your taxes and you get a credit of that much.
  • Allow cross state competition…right now there are regulations in place that do not allow people to cross state lines to purchase health insurance.  This should be lifted to allow for more competition.
  • Eliminate pre-existing condition restrictions…pretty self explanatory.  Many people are uninsured because they have a pre-existing condition.
  • Promote outcome-based reimbursement…doctors should only get paid if the procedure they perform helps.  This would eliminate people paying for redundant treatment, or treatment that did not fix the problem.
  • Incentivising health and wellness…Instead of taxing people to get them healthy you should reward them for doing it.  Frankly, if someone wants to eat bad, and smoke, and sit on the couch all day they should be able to.  That is liberty.  Forcing change by punishing them is the same as taking their freedom away.  A multitude of studies show that humans react better to reward than they do to punishment.

There are many other ideas out there, and many that should be explored.  I am just tired of the Right concentrating on ‘defeating the democrats’ and the Left concentrating on shooting down the ‘myths’ that most of us know are such.  Death Panels?  Rubbish, and most of us sensible people know it.  Why don’t they answer the question of rationing?  They want to tell us that they aren’t pushing for single payer (even though Obama is quoted as wanting this), but they won’t tell us how their system will protect private insurance.  We can keep our private insurance?  Really, the government is giving us permission to do what we want?  How about we start telling them what they can do?  Bottom line, if your employer is faced with continuing to pay for private insurance, or dropping it and paying a cheaper fine to the government, what do you think they will do?

You want an example of the ‘evil’ insurance companies that are being villainized by the left?  My father was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.  Contrary to what the left wants you to believe, he was not dropped from his insurance.  They did right by my parents, and they are still insured through this company.  The left would have you believe that everyone is just one catastrophic illness away from being uninsured, but that is not always true.  There are ways to fix it when it is true, and those ways are not to march down the road to socialism.

Both sides of government need to get their heads out of their backsides and start doing their jobs.  These ‘defeat the other guy’ memos, and that kind of mentality needs to stop.  Comments like ‘President Obama’s Waterloo’ and ‘if they lose this it is the end for their party’ are not helping, they are only hurting your cause.  Also comments like ‘they need to do less talking and get out of the way’ need to stop as well.  The President has no business telling people that they basically need to sit down and shut up, and the Republicans in Congress need to start thinking in terms of serving their constituents, not defeating the democrats.

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