November 2, 2009
Here is a simple plan for health care reform.
* Cover everyone. No exceptions. Citizens, Tourists, Immigrants.
This is a
moral choice and one that there should be no argument about. If
collapsed on the hospital steps, you would not ask who he is or if
a pre-existing condition, you would do the right thing. Because
is in the insurance pool, there is no need for a bureaucracy that
each and every one to figure out whether to deny coverage. It also
much of the expense of surveillance to see who qualifies or if they
an approved life-style.
* When everyone is covered, there is a simple way to pay for the
Give employers and small business a tax cut by eliminating their
responsibilities so they could become more competitive in the
market. Payment from well graduated income taxes would cover the
cost. Since the only
payment would be at tax time, there will be no objection to
coverage. The graduated tax is good for the economy since it tends
level income distribution, and it damps down some of the
compensation packages that have become so widely publicized. We
better financial stability. It puts a floor on poor people's
* Keep government (and religion) out of
the hospital. Do not second guess
the decision of doctors and their patients. Government would
reimburse legitimate expenses. This is the kind of deregulation we
* Take sensible steps to reduce medical errors. They are a
problem. Electronic record keeping can, long run, save a lot and
* Negotiate to pay doctors fairly and well. Because of
declining) payments for doctors, the current system will put
risk The risk is that doctors, being poorly reimbursed, will be
to take on Medicare patients.
* Would this be more expensive than the current system? No.
countries are able to provide much better service at no more than
cost of the US system...with better outcomes. The Chamber of
right-wing zealot organization if ever there was one, complains
high cost of a government program, but what they are defending is
corruption that makes US healthcare a money machine for the
* The taxes required to pay for all this
would certainly be less than the
insurance premiums that are now out of control. So even though
taxes could result, you would save. Vast insurance company
bureaucracies would wither away.
We can be sure none of this will happen. Insurance companies,
going to get truckloads of new cash, the system will be
complex, expenses will increase, the public will be poorly served,
politicians will shrug. Thanks for that tea party goers.
The system is corrupt and dysfunctional and will, most
likely, will get worse. This is a but a symptom of a probable
complete US collapse. We cannot expect any constructive solutions
The Health ‘Reform’ Bill in Congress Is Worse than