Here’s a very good (imo) opinion piece by John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods in today’s Wall Street Journal.
Rather than destroying the best best health care system in the world by handing it over to the muppets who have been so successful running Social Security, Medicare, the USPS, Amtrak, etc., Mackey suggests going the other way and having LESS government involvement.
What a novel idea!
Here are his eight reforms that would lower overall costs – for everyone:
• Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).
• Equalize the tax laws so that that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits.
• Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines. [iow a true, free market]
• Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. [i’m really digging this ‘less government theme’, ovah heah]
• Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year
[for some reason, the dems never want to discu$$ this one…]
• Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost.
• Enact Medicare reform.[hopefully, before that ship sinks]
• Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. [we know who donates more to charities voluntarily and who throws nickels around like manhole covers when it comes to ‘voluntary giving’ but are very generous with other people’s money]
“A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This “right” has never existed in America.” [True dat!]
Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know all about food stamps, section 8 housing, etc. I think that entire system is more ridlled with scammers than the Nigerian Lottery letter writing union. For starters, start drug testing all those who are receiving gov’t handouts. There are too many lazy sacks o’ shite ‘gaming’ the system. I have no problems with helping out the truly less fortunate but do not believe it is the government’s job or responsibility. I spend enough on my own ‘vices’ and don’t need to be supporting Jerry Springer’s fan base’s habits. The entitlement programs in this country are a serious crutch – and in my opinion, stifle any ambition one would have to get off the dole.
No one is saying the U S health care system is perfect, but most now agree handing it over to the gummint would be ‘fucktarded‘ to say the least. Improve on the one we have and do NOT give any more control to the ‘gummint’.