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Health Care Is a Right, Not a Privilege

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« Reply #135 on: August 11, 2009, 03:36:10 pm »

http://www.examiner.com/x-1087-Denver-News-Examiner~y2009m8d11-President-Obamas-New-Hampshire-health-care-town-hall


President Obama's New Hampshire health care town hall

August 11, 12:41 PMDenver News ExaminerEd Duffy

 
President Obama was in full campaign mode today in Portsmouth, NH. At the townhall style meeting he vowed to put to bed all the "misinformation and scare tactics" out there that have lead to waning support for his health care plan.

Here is what he said his plan will do. Insurance companies would have to cover you regardless of pre-existing conditions. There will be no limits on coverage by year or by lifetime. There will be limits on co-pays. There will be a public option for health care coverage that will "keep insurance companies honest". Health care costs will come down.

Here are the legitimate concerns that wont be asked or answered by today's adoring crowd. How do you mandate unlimited liability while limiting revenue and expect private sector insurance companies to survive? Although the president has said the public option will not crowd out private insurance companies, how do private companies compete with a publicly supported entity that will be "too big to fail" on day one? Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are essentially tax payer subsidized mortgage companies. They are still hemmoraging cash and nearly destroyed the entire financial industry. Why is the health care version going to succeed where the mortgage version failed?

At the outset of the meeting, President Obama cited Medicare as a reason that we must pass reform now. He pointed out that Medicare and Medicaid will go broke within ten years if nothing is done. Not twenty minutes later he pointed to Medicare as a hugely successful government run health program that we should emulate. It's proof that "government run" can work. Is it a system on the verge of collapse or a system we should emulate and expand? It can't be both.

He said the rumors of government "death panels" are completely false. It's the insurance companies that ration care based on what's good for their bottom line. Now the government wants to create this public option, which it says will not be tax-payer subsidized. If that's the case how can money be "no object"? If money is a concern, then there will be rationing. Why is government rationed health care better than insurance company rationed health care?

A health care system that gives everyone everything, anytime at a fixed price is just not possible. Worse than that, trying to force the issue could have devastating consequences. The pie in the sky vision the President put forth sounds great. His energetic proclamations make for great campaign sound bites. Now he is in new territory, however. It's time to do the math. Don't tell me your going to give me unlimited, unrestricted top notch health care for life at a fixed affordable rate. Tell me exactly how you propose to make that happen. If it's as simple as passing a bill that says "make it so", why not just pass legislation banning people from getting sick or injured? Problem solved.
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