Health Care – Is there a solution? Part I

The single hottest issue in politics at the moment is Health Care in America. Many people have asked that I post on how I would work to “fix” the issue of Health Care in America, so I am attempting to do so in a series of three posts that will go up over the next few days.

I hope you will read and pass these along to your friends and family. I will link the successive posts so there is no confusion. This is a serious issue affecting the legislative process in America at this moment. While our representation in Washington continues to discuss this issue, unemployment nationally hovers at the 10% mark, and underemployment is hovering near 18%. This cannot continue. Our economy continues to struggle while our Senate and House bicker over the terms of legislation that will only make our problems worse.

Health Care  – Is there a solution? *1 in a series of 3*

Since there is no topic demanding more public attention today than health care, we thought we would take some time to discuss it. It is important to note that 85% of Americans have coverage of some kind distributed between private health insurance, military care, Medicare, Medicaid, and state supported systems. Of those, 90% are happy with their coverage. So where is the pressure for this policy change coming from?

Since the Health Industry represents one-sixth of the U.S. economy, any single entity controlling it would have a powerful tool to exert pressure on the American people. If that entity is the Federal Government, then our liberty is under assault. This “crisis” has been concocted to scare the American people into agreeing to a solution that will ultimately result in a reduction of choice for the American consumer. When the American people are less dependent on government, then government is weakened, just the way the Founders envisioned it.

The American health care system is the best system on the planet, with better facilities, better technology, better innovation, better providers, better care, and better outcomes than any available. Foreigners come here from all over the world for care. Health organizations continue to improve the relationship between providers, researchers, facilities, and payment systems. The free market continues to drive improvement in access. It has become popular to blame doctors, drug companies, insurance companies, device manufacturers, etc rather than identify real problems and search for solutions

Does this mean we feel that there are no improvements to be made? Of course not! However, the current system is not in crisis. What is in crisis is the expanding financial entitlement demands placed upon the Federal Government by Medicare and Medicaid. The Congress is feeling “promiser’s remorse” over the commitments it must keep to the elderly and poor. Thus, they have chosen to “seize” the system and control costs without benefit of the free market. Their assertions to the contrary are hilarious. The bill currently under consideration reduces Medicare payments by $500,000,000,000 over ten years in a period of expanding demands upon Medicare by the large number of “Baby Boomers” filing for the benefits. Such a course is impossible without rationing. This is nothing more than a blatant “power grab” by the Progressives.

This is the way our lazy Congress chooses to deal with problems; they ignore them and place the burden of solving them on future Congresses. Once the jig is up, they go back on promises made rather than admitting to being asleep at the wheel and facing the music. Rather than form  yet another committee separate from the Congress to “study” the issue, we recommend a new committee. A new group of Congressional members, made up of new minds and bodies. In order to effectively deal with the issue, we must bring in new blood and get back to basics.

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4 Responses to “Health Care – Is there a solution? Part I”

  1. Pat Brown Says:

    Right on target, Jeff, as I see it! I would definitely vote for you if I lived in TN. I’m asking my friends to vote for you!! I’ll one of your biggest fans. I get your posts on Facebook!

  2. Stephen Collings Says:

    Jeff,

    I’m curious as to what you think about the cost of health care in the US. Some argue that this cost and its rate of growth are too high to be sustainable. Do you agree or disagree? Why? If you do perceive a problem in the cost of health care, what measures, if any, would you support to correct this?

    -Stephen Collings

    • Jeff Hartline Says:

      Stephen:

      Good questions. First, there are not enough market forces in place to encourage consumers to shop for services. If consumers use services without thought of cost, there is no way for the market to have any effect on them.

      In addition, insurance services are used for non-emergency things. See the link below for a discussion of this:

      http://article.nationalreview.com/426928/unhealthy-hype/thomas-sowell

      The escalating costs are unsustainable. Perhaps relegating these costs for citizens to the states in which they live will provide some state-to-state competition and closer accountability.

      There are structures being tried all over the country such as individual primary care HMO systems where practitioners sign up patients for a monthly flat fee and care for them without the costs of additional employees, insurance filing, rejected claims for chart mistakes, etc. Patients then decide based upon market costs whether to be seen by their physician.

      The reason these costs are allowed to continue to rise is because the people who are benefitting from the esalating costs keep giving money to entrenched incumbents who protect them.

      There is also this view that if “the government” is paying for it, the money is somehow being brought from overseas. Oh wait, it is!

      As far as measures, see the following two blog posts for aome positive suggestions.

  3. Stephen Collings Says:

    Thanks for the answer! I look forward to hearing your proposed suggestions.

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