March 3, 2010 Leave a comment
The White House, today, announced a series of four ostensible concessions to demands that health care actually be reformed, not simply nationalized.
This is an encouraging step, although currently little more than a gesture. If it went forward as-is, it would only be a pyrrhic victory…but it does show that the socialized proposal is in serious trouble.
Let’s check out the changes, and see what’s left to fix:
- CORRUPTION: Sending investigators disguised as patients to uncover fraud and waste
We don’t think having more of a police state is really the right approach, but with up to a quarter of all socialized health coverage being wasted, it’s a start.
- RUNAWAY LAWSUITS: Expanding medical malpractice reform pilot programs
This sounds right…but depends on what these “pilot programs” actually are.
- WAAH? Increasing payments to Medicaid providers?
What? They finally acknowledge that Medicare/Medicaid is grossly corrupt, and now they want to increase the money they throw at the system? This is reminiscent of Bush throwing of taxpayer money at Louisiana after Katrina, which is just a mirror of what got Louisiana in that position in the first place.
- OVERINSURANCE: Expanding the use of health savings accounts.
If they just put more money into the existing, fake medical savings account programs, they are only making the problem worse. At the moment, you are only allowed to save health care money for one year, then it is stolen from you by the government, and you start over. This means people are forced to squander millions on needless “health care” spending at the end of each year…driving up health care prices. What is needed is REAL medical savings accounts, where you keep the money indefinitely, and when it gets large enough, you can reduce your medical insurance into a cheap program that only covers unexpected disasters, and even roll over your medical savings account into a retirement account.
So does this mean that the current, socialized health care megabill should be accepted?
No, in fact it means we need to fight harder than ever.
The bill would still do far more harm than good.
It still is comprised almost entirely of the same kind of measures that caused the problems we have in the first place. Massive government spending that drives up prices, new regulations that bog down providers, expansions of full coverage insurance that strip away consumer power…and worse:
All of it in one massive Megabill, allowing them to fill it with pork and bad measures that one must accept in order to get ANY change at all.