a lifelong Republican speaks his mind on health care reform
Editorial by CharlieM (guest contributor) reprinted with permission
This dissertation by the Republican (naturally) Mike Rogers from MI is the biggest bunch of baloney seemily taken from the position papers prepared by the insurance companies. It so distorts the facts in the hope of convincing Joe and Jane Six-pack that the health care as has been offered by insurance companies to the present is perfectly all right. So what if 15% of the U.S. population is uninsured for a variety of reasons such as: unaffordable, denied coverage by the insurance companies, employers refusing to provide coverage, insurance companies overcharging premiums for small business owners, insurance companies denying payment for treatments, inability to benefit from some plans outside your home state, etc., etc., etc. Come on, folks, the insurance companies have had a license to rape and plunder the American public. It’s time to put a heavy bit in the mouths of these uncontrolled horses.
To the best of my knowledge of the House bill, no one is going to lose their coverage or be punished. People will be able to secure coverage if they have currently disqualifying ailments, etc. Try and obtain health insurance right now in River City if you have prostate cancer, breast cancer, etc. My dermatologist tells me he has never known anyone to die from skin cancer (other than melanoma); therefore, I expect a health insurance company might write a policy if you just have skin cancer.
One only has to look at Medicare and the military’s health care plans to realize that the federal government CAN and DOES provide excellent health care plans efficiently for about 48 million Americans. How many senior citizens or retired (or even active duty) military are stepping up and demanding that the federal government get out of their lives by eliminating these health care plans? Damned if I know of any – I do know that I surely am not volunteering. That must be because those plans are so inefficient that we are just ignorantly very pleased with these government health care programs. Where does the allegation come from that the House plan “abandons the principles of America?” I always thought Medicare and military medical care plans have been an extremely important part and parcel of “the principles of America” – to provide excellent heath care. I also always thought that the private sector benefits from excellent health care programs because it benefits from a “less sick” work force, i.e., less absenteeism. What am I missing here that the minority party in Congress capitalizes upon to conjure up what appears to me to be inhumane, insensitive, and totally irrational conclusions.
Personal conversations with middle class Canadian and U.K. citizens have provided me first hand information which blatantly refutes the Republican Party’s claims that people are dying from lack of health care in those countries: that people have to wait exceptionally long periods of time for health care; that those people are dissatisfied with their national health care plans, and that they are so dissatisfied they come to the U.S. to secure adequate health care. More hogwash being promulgated by the health care insurance companies in the U.S.A.
The Republican Party lately has deserted the American people (other than the very wealthy and corporations) with more and more regularity – be it health care, special interest concerns, or refusal to demand more regulation of providers of services upon which all citizens must depend upon from the stock market to the food industry. Deregulation does not work when American industry thrives on one fundamental – greed. The Republican Party patently labels that as the “free enterprise” engine driven by the “profit motive.” Therefore, there should be no regulation because competition will force the economics to the most proficient state. Hogwash! Teddy Roosevelt (wasn’t he a Republican?) took on the monopolies and busted them. It’s time for the Republicans to once again step forward and bust up the health insurance monopoly. I do not think they have the guts to do that – just listen to their rhetoric – no citizen is ever without health care, they can go to the emergency rooms. Get real. If you haven’t had to use such a facility, be thankful. I waited 8, repeat 8, hours to be seen when I was faced with an emergency condition out of town. Fortunately for the taxpayers in Wichita, Medicare ultimately paid for my emergency room care. For uninsured folks, Wichita’s taxpayers would have paid. This Republican Party idea is more hogwash. It shoves the cost of “emergency room” health care off onto all middle class tax payers – not by choice, either. Somehow that smacks of a “hidden tax” in my book.
Should “tort reform” be addressed? Absolutely. Just keep in mind, however, that if you are the victim of foreseeable consequence(s) from inept/erroneous medical care, I do believe you should be remunerated. If you are are a young income provider for your family and your income potential is negatively impacted, I do believe you and your family should be made whole for obvious reasons. Everyone deserves to be made whole; however, outrageous monetary awards need to be controlled. Uh oh, how can the deregulatory oriented Republican party suddenly choose to demand regulation of monetary awards made my independent citizens in a jury. My Party’s vacillating policies confuse me. Hasn’t it too often attempted to label such as “flip flopping?” Forgive my very senior citizen memory, I forgot that it only applies to Democrat incumbents/candidates.
As a lifelong Republican, I am disgusted with the irrational, special interest positions taken today by my Party’s incumbents. Unfortunately, money talks in our society, and so do campaign contributions. The health care industry has spent how many millions of dollars to destroy the attempt to revamp our Nation’s existing health care? Please move your heads to one side and get your vision out of the smoke and glare from the mirrors. Our health care program requires immediate restructuring.
Sorry folks, this Republican chooses to support a compulsory national health care plan so all Americans can have adequate health care. Feel free to forward to anyone thinking the House health care bill is a travesty.
Health care is a right, not a privilege!.
The video of Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) that triggered this editorial is below.