Let’s Find Out What “Health Care” They Claim They Want…
Do they really want to fix US Health Care or are they just kissing up to Big Pharma for campaign funds?
Opinion By “Deplorable” Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
Back in 2010, during the flurry and fury days of passing ObamaCare, Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi claimed “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
Yup, she really said that…
Well, we DID find out what was in it – and THAT is the problem. All US health care costs skyrocketed – and US health care, the issue that ObamaCare was supposed to solve, got FAR worse. Now, 2019 US health care is on a collision course with disaster.
There is a HUGE argument over health care in America. Let’s look at ALL sides of the argument.
Just below is what the Democrats SAY they want in US health care…
From an article in On The Issues, comes:
- “We believe accessible, affordable, high quality health care is part of the American promise, that Americans should have the security that comes with good health care, and that no one should go broke because they get sick.
- America’s seniors have earned their Medicare and Social Security through a lifetime of hard work and personal responsibility.
- We will join 36 other industrialized nations in making sure everyone has access to affordable health care, starting by fixing the prescription drug program and investing in stem cell and other medical research.
- The current Medicare drug program serves drug companies more than seniors. It allows these companies to change the price of prescriptions more frequently than seniors can change their plans. It does virtually nothing to bring down prescription drug costs. It forces seniors into HMOs. Elderly Americans deserve a real prescription drug benefit – one that uses the government’s purchasing power to lower costs and ensures access to new therapies for their illnesses.
- We will provide tax credits to Americans who are approaching retirement age and those who are between jobs so they can afford quality, reliable coverage. We will expand coverage for low income adults through existing federal-state health care programs. And we will provide all Americans with access to the same coverage that members of Congress give themselves.
- We must redouble efforts to bring the uninsured into coverage. We should guarantee access to affordable health care for every child. We should expand coverage to working families. We seek to ensure that dislocated workers are provided affordable care. We should make health care affordable for small businesses. In addition, Americans aged 55 to 65 should be allowed to buy into the Medicare program to get the coverage they need.
- It is time we ended the tragedy of elderly Americans being forced to choose between meals and medication. It is time we modernized Medicare with a prescription drug benefit. With the number of Americans on Medicare expected to double in the next 35 years.”
Would you be surprised to find out that I agree with all that?
I do – as far as it goes…
But, to me, their words are just a band-aid on a broken system. If you have to drive to work and your vehicle has four flat tires, is out of gas, and there is an alligator in the driver’s seat, just washing off your windshield isn’t going to get you anywhere.
Are the Republicans offering anything better?
Actually, they are not. Let’s look…
- “Republicans have long supported expansions to HSAs: tax-advantaged savings accounts, tied to a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), which can be used to pay for certain medical expenses. This insurance arrangement–in which a person is protected against catastrophic expenses–can pay out-of-pocket costs using tax-free dollars, and in turn takes responsibility for day-to-day health care expenses–is an excellent option for consumers.
- To save the Medicare program for future generations, the benefit [must be] transformed into a fully competitive market-based model–known as premium support.
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act–Obamacare–was never really about healthcare, though its impact upon the nation’s health is disastrous. From its start, it was about power, the expansion of government control over one sixth of our economy, and resulted in an attack on our Constitution, by requiring that U.S. citizens purchase health insurance. We agree with the four dissenting justices of the Supreme Court: “In our view the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.” It was the high-water mark of an outdated liberalism, the latest attempt to impose upon Americans a euro-style bureaucracy to manage all aspects of their lives. Obamacare has been struck down in the court of public opinion. It would tremendously expand Medicaid without significant reform, leaving the States to assume unsustainable financial burdens. If fully implemented, it could not function; and Republican victories in the November elections will guarantee that it is never implemented.
- Republicans have supported, and will continue to support, important scientific research without undermining the fundamental ethical principles that have guided medical research in this country for decades. We especially welcome and encourage a stronger emphasis on adult stem cell and cord blood stem cell research, which has already provided benefits to hundreds of patients and provides real promise for treatments to help millions of Americans.
- We reject any notion of government-run universal health care because we have seen evidence from around the world that government-run health care leads to inefficiencies, long waiting periods, and often substandard health care.
- Individuals should be free to manage their own health needs through Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs) and Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs).
- A key step will be reform of malpractice law. In its current form, it encourages health care providers to conceal even innocent mistakes, lest they be subject to vilifying publicity through the trial lawyers. We must open up the flow of information concerning medical errors.
Frankly, both Parties have good points…
But, the reality is that it is all just talk – NO ACTION.
You’d think that MAYBE, just MAYBE, they might be able to come up , together, with something that works for America? But, NO, they never do…
Why not? Both Parties miss the BIG, really important points.
What are those Big Points they miss?
- We have to quit concentrating on HOW we are going to pay for the system and focus on WHAT IT IS we are paying for. The current system focuses not on what is best for the patient, but what is most profitable for the provider. For each health care problem there are a myriad of corrective choices we never hear about, and are certainly never offered.
- The medical cabal that currently controls US health care needs to be broken up and put out of power, forever.
- We need to make Big Pharma into Little Pharma. President Trump needs to issue an Executive Order STOPPING Big Pharma’s ability to advertise directly to the American Public (DTCA). Get Big Pharma off of the nightly news and two things will happen (a) Big Pharma will no longer be able to CONTROL the media, and (b) the liberal media will lose their financing and their current direction.
There is ONE important point to consider…
Nancy Pelosi is from California – the State that:
- Passed SB 277 requiring all children that go to public or private school be force-vaccinated with seventy-two “Made-in-China” death pus injections.
- Tried to pass SB 18, a bill to give a private company, run by five male homosexuals, complete control of California’s children – removing ALL parental controls.
- Legalized childhood prostitution so that the cartel drug lords running the Sanctuary Cities could legally sexually sample American children.
- Passed laws making the use of the State’s water resources illegal, forcing 95% of the State’s fresh water to flow into the ocean, destroying California’s recreational and agricultural communities and creating a fake “drought.”
- Tried to pass a bill controlling the internet…
- Burned a huge part of the State…
On the Flip Side…
There are an awful lot of Democrats who agree with Trump about reducing the cost of prescription drugs, and revising the entire health care system…
Yeah, it is all going to get VERY interesting…
Opinion By “Deplorable” Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen