During the latest attempt by the government to take over healthcare for all Americans, my wife and I have been particularly offended by the self-righteous tone invoked by both (a) our “Dear Leader” President O’Bumble, and (b) the obnoxious self-congratulatory “Harry and Louise” redux ads. The smug, self-righteous actors seem very pleased at the imminent crushing tax burden nationalized health care will bring on, and have a litany of complaints against the current Health Care system.
As my wife put it last night, “Why not just fix what’s borken and leave the rest alone?” Oddly, she’s the only one I hear voicing this message. You’d think the Republicans would make it not only a talking point, but a thrust against the Obama nationalization plan.
- Pooling for small businesses, the self-employed, and others. All consumers should have equal opportunity to buy the lowest-cost, highest-quality insurance available. Individuals should benefit from the economies of scale currently available to those working for large employers. They should be free to purchase their health coverage without tax penalty through their employer, church, union, etc.
- Pay for performance, not activity. Roughly 75% of health-care spending is for the care of chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes—and there is little coordination of this care. We can save money and improve outcomes by using integrated networks of care with rigorous, transparent outcome measures emphasizing prevention and disease management.
- Refundable tax credits. Low-income working Americans without health insurance should get help in buying private coverage through a refundable tax credit. This is preferable to building a separate, government-run health-care plan.
These steps would bring down health-care costs. They would not bankrupt our nation or increase taxes in the midst of a recession. They are achievable reforms with bipartisan consensus and public support. All they require is a willingness by the president to slow down and have an honest discussion with Americans about the real downstream consequences of his ideas.
E-mail this to your Senator or representative today. This should be Key in the push to Reform Health Care; not trying to re-invent a new wheel.