A Broken Promise. Health Care Reform Is Really A Bloated Unfunded Rush Job. Are We Doing More Harm Than Good?

Sad. Health care reform is needed so much.

In 1981, only 8% of American bankruptcies were due to health care problems.

By 2007 health care issues became the #1 cause (62%) of bankruptcies in the USA. Three out of four (78%) of those bankruptcies were for folks that already had health care insurance.

If health care reform is to help protect Americans both fiscally and physically then will it actually achieve that?

The evidence from Canada, which does have a single payer socialized health care system is that bankruptcies due to health care issues will remain a problem, with Canadians continuing to have a high rate of bankruptcies due to health concerns.

Looking back to 1981, it would seem that the real problem is the cost of health care and not the availability.

Yet, what we see proposed on the table so far as Health Care Reform is less a plan than a scheme. We need to slow down dramatically our rush to reform — perhaps 2010 is a better target for passing reform legislation — lest we do more harm than good.

Even Democrats are becoming alarmed by what they see proposed.

As reported in the New York Times on July 18th, 2009:

“Three of the five Congressional committees working on legislation to reinvent the nation’s health care system delivered bills this week along the lines proposed by President Obama. But instead of celebrating their success, many Democrats were apprehensive, nervous and defensive. … Even as Democratic leaders and the White House insisted that the nation was closer than ever to landmark changes in the health care system, they faced basic questions about whether some of their proposals might do more harm than good.”

Sad. Health care reform is needed so much.

A CBO analysis and testimony to Congress on July 17th, 2009 went into great detail about the numbers and dollars of what health care reform would look like over the next 10 years: with $239 billion being added to our national debt.

The emerging plan so far leaves an incredible number of questions unasked and unanswered. Not good. Especially not good in light of testimony by the CBO’s Director Douglass Elmendorf to Congress on July 16th that:

  • The health reform bills released so far would increase government spending on health care without sufficiently reining in health care costs.
  • And at least initially they aren’t likely to significantly lower premiums for the majority of Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance.

It is sad that America’s effort to reform Health Care has come down to pushing through a bill that has had little real debate. President Obama, when Candidate Obama, had promised that debate on this issue would be transparent and even televised on C-SPAN.

Candidate Obama said, “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.”

Dear President Obama, the clock is running. At this time I would encourage all of my elected representatives to vote “no” on health care reform. Please take your time and either fix the system or leave it alone until you have a plan. A good plan, please.


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