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If you start with an incorrect premise, I will guarantee that you arrive at an incorrect solution.
For example, health care. Obama started with the premise that our health care system is broken. And no one bothered to question that hypothesis. When in fact, if they had, they would have discovered the obvious: we have the best health care on the planet. Period. Nonpareil. And it’s not a “system.” There’s no one administrative body that dictates how health care works in this country. That’s what Obama wants to give us. What we have are thousands of individual providers, doctors, nurses, hospitals and insurance companies that charge a fee for their services.
But following the rule that if you say something often enough it will make it true, team Obama (which includes his MSM PR Department) has continued to repeat the lie that our health care system is broken.
It is a lie. From the number of people they claim are without insurance to the implication that they are not insured simply because they can’t afford it, to the contention that millions are denied health care, it’s simply a lie. The truth is that of 307 million Americans, nearly 10 million (conservative estimate) are illegal, another 19 million make over $50k per year and choose not to buy insurance (9 million of them make over $75k), and 14 million are on Medicaid or Medicare. That leaves about 5 million legal, uncovered citizens, or about 2% of the population. That’s a much smaller group than 47 million. And even they are not denied health care. They get in in the local ER, unless they’re the victim of a patient dumping scheme.
So why does the President want to blow up our entire health care “system” for 2% of the population? Are you telling me that the geniuses in the Administration can’t figure out a better, more cost effective way to deal with 2% of the population than to undermine everything about our health care that works, and works quite well?
There’s no one who believes that their health care will remain unchanged no matter how many times the anointed one tells us otherwise. Nor does anyone believe that private health insurance and Medicare – that 91% of Americans have, 84% are happy with and 76% want no changes in – will continue unchanged once a “public option” is available and Medicare is gutted for “cost savings.” Apparently ordinary Americans understand economics far better than the White House geniuses. They know that eventually a not-for-profit system will make it impossible for a free market, for-profit health insurance system to maintain itself.
Nor does anyone believe that Medicare benefits aren’t going to be cut. When you start talking about doing seniors a favor by giving them free counseling for “end of life” decisions, only leftist ideologues miss the message that the government doesn’t want to keep spending money on someone who’s old, and going to die anyway.
And positively no one believes that the cost of this huge government takeover of 18% of our economy is going to be “cost neutral.” Please. I know we’re not all Harvard lawyers, thank God, but we know a thing or two about government programs. Beginning with “they’re never cost neutral.”
Yes, there are problems with the delivery of health care. How about we address them specifically, instead of just telling us we have an insurmountable problem that only the government can solve. For one thing, unless it’s an enemy attack that requires our military force, there is no “insurmountable” problem where a government solution would be either my first, second or third choice. Vilify free markets, competition and profit motive all you want, you’re unlikely to find government listed as ‘innovator of the year’ in anyone’s survey.
Yet Obama wants government to give us an omnibus solution to what he considers an intractable problem. All I can say is, how’s that War on Poverty working out for you? Forty five years and counting, and it’s worse than ever. (You doubt me? Please come visit Detroit.)
We don’t need an omnibus plan. We need to identify the individual problems with the health care delivery and insurance and address them one by one. Here’s my list, although I’d be hesitant to turn Congress loose on anything that requires them to read more than a 2 page Cliff note summary before casting their uninformed vote.