HEALTH CARE CHANGE
I just heard John Boehner, Speaker of the House, and President Obama comment on health care within the same hour. Not a pretty sight. Both need to do something else. We would all be better off. When queried about the Republican approach to health care, the Speaker referred to an obscure (to most people) government website for the Republican approach to health care. He has been in government too long. What is wrong or hard about a clear statement of the Republican approach? I am a conservative voter and I could not tell anyone what the Republican position on health care is in any detail. The leadership of the Republican Party is sadly lacking in talking to the American people.
On the Progressive side, we have plenty of detail. Plus 10,000 pages and hundreds of executive regulations and changes to The Affordable Care Act. A fog of words, both written and spoken. Many spoken by a man who consistently lies to sell his radical change agenda. I don’t believe a word of what President Obama said in his press conference on November 14, 2013. His goal was clear, however, and that is to keep the Congress from passing any legislation on Obamacare by engaging in another unconditional executive decree. If Democrats and Republicans ever got together, they just might come up with reasonable changes to health care that would benefit all Americans.
Since that probably won’t happen, as the Speaker seems to be comfortable with Obama doing his job, I’ll list the eight principles of health care that I think should guide fixing health care:
- Help the people who do not have health care either because they can’t afford it or can’t qualify because of pre-existing conditions. After means testing, provide government subsidies to those who cannot purchase the coverage they need.
- Do not include people who already have health care they have selected and like.
- Allow insurance companies to sell their plans across state lines.
- Pass tort reform legislation to limit the impact of lawyer profits from questionable malpractice law suits.
- Allow children to be covered on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26.
- Consider legislation to restore the doctor/patient relationship to control costs and improve patient control of their medical choices.
- Allow policy holders to select what they want covered and the deductible they want.
- People own their insurance coverage and it goes with them when changing employment or retiring.
- Do not allow the executive departments of HHS and the IRS to be involved in the management of health care.
We have the best health care system in the world. Let’s fix only the things that are broken in a step-by-step approach.
- Escape From ObamaCare (online.wsj.com)
- Obama announces fix for canceled healthcare plans from Obamacare (nydailynews.com)