Health Care Reform Hot Button 1 Bureaucracy
It’s August in America, the weather is hot, humid, and uncomfortable. It’s also recess time for the US Congress and the debate over the proposed healthcare reforms are much like the weather. My objective in this series of articles is to highlight the debatable issues and provide some insight, for those in the Administration and Congress, on the view of an average independent voter. It may be wise to remind our elected officials, independent voters make up over 40% of the public that actually go to the polls (more than either party).; and we are watching these proposals carefully.
I recently attended a town hall meeting by my congressman Rep Jack Kingston (R) Ga. While it was well conducted, and did not break down in to shouting matches; the emotion on the part of many was high. Mr Kingston did an admirable job of speaking to their concerns and offering some alternatives of the GOP that were not addressed in HR 3200.
This week “The Snitch Issue” came to fore and added unproductively to the din; blame the White House for that. But in fairness there are many emails being forwarded around the internet that of course are by design, hitting all the “Hot Buttons” of the American distrust of governments everywhere. People are showing up to these town halls with copies of these messages in hand and use them for a script to interrogate their congressman/senator. Personally, I think that’s a good thing since they (our reps) get the big bucks to answer just these sort of questions.
I’ve dissected one of these argumentative emails into three elements I call the Hot Buttons, The Bureaucracy, The Heavy Hand, and The Politics; and my collective thoughts simplified, on each of the three. I’ve also included links for further study for both the GOP, The Democrats, how to contact them, and a news link as well that helps sort through the chaff.
Hot button number one is the
Bureaucracy. There are seventeen areas of concern here. In fairness to HR 3200,
if you are going to set up a public plan than you really have to do these
things. The reality is your insurer has these very same committees determining
how much of what they can or will cover and remain profitable. The deep down in
the gut issue here is that we don’t want our government doing this, if the
government is going to cover you than hey, cover it all pay for it all and when
you need more money to do so print some. Bad answer you say? Well that’s the
choice that has faced every single payer system world wide, and the result is
when their citizens can afford to they seek treatment here for illnesses like
cancer and transplant surgery. The “rationing” used are delays in treatment
availability so you go on a waiting list for treatment you might get if you
don’t die first.
Buttons and Switches
Pg 30 Section 123 of HC
Bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what
treatments/benefits you get
Pg 29 Lines 4-16 of the
HC Bill - YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!
Pg 42 of the HC Bill - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose YOUR HEALTHCARE Benefits for you. You have no choice!
Pg 84 Section 203 of the HC
Bill - Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in
Pg 85 Line 7 of the HC Bill -
Specs of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Government will ration
Pg 127 Lines 1-16 of the
HC Bill - Doctors/AMA - The Government will tell YOU what you can make
Pg 145 Lines 15-17 of the HC Bill - An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE
Pg 253 Lines 10-18 of
the HC Bill - Government sets the value of Doctor's time,
professional judgment, etc. Literally value of humans
Pg 265 Section 1131 of the HC Bill - Government mandates and controls productivity for private HC industries
Pg 268 Section 1141 of the HC Bill - Federal Government regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs
Pg 272 Section 1145 of the HC Bill - TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS
- Cancer patients, welcome to rationing
Pg 335 Lines 16-25 and
Pgs 336-339 of the HC Bill - Governmtent mandates
establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want.
Pg 341 Lines 3-9 of the HC Bill - Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advanced Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into the Government Plan
Pg 354 Section 1177 of the HC Bill - Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people!
Pg 379 Section 1191 of the HC
Bill - Government creates more bureaucracy - Telehealth Advisory
Committee. Can you say HC by phone?
Pg 489 Section 1308 of the HC
Bill - The Government will cover Marriage and Family therapy. Which
means they will insert Government into your marriage
Pgs 494-498 of the HC Bill - Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services
HR 3200 Plan
Additionally, the last time the “great American Healthcare Debate” got to congress one of the things that shot it down was the visual aid of the Bureaucracy it would require to administer the program.
Well here is the latest one and this is the one Speaker Pelosi would not allow to be displayed in the debate over the bill. The history lesson she learned from the last time wasn’t make a system that is explainable and works, but don’t let the voters visualize what you are creating. Madame Speaker you should have known you would be called out on this. If you want to convince folks like me you need to do the following:
GOP and DEMs should jointly hire a Non Profit non partisan think tank to evaluate these proposals and explain them clearly with charts and graphs of how the program will work and what the costs are.
Have the same group explain what the costs/savings of doing nothing are.
Have that same group explain what the costs/savings are of making the changes incrementally.
In summary, I think a lot of us think that our methodology of delivering healthcare services is a good one; but the way we pay for it needs adjustment. Here are the fundamentals that we think you the lawmakers, should keep your eyes on:
- Universal Coverage for American Citizens and Authorized Residents via private sector.
- Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions on the part of insurers (including Medicare and Medicaid)
- Foster more ways for the Insurers to compete with each other through public exchanges.
- Take your time and do it right.
- KIS (Keep it Simple)
Finally, scrap HR 3200 as no amount of lipstick is gonna pretty up this pig.
- HR 3200
- GOP Charts Healthcare Bureaucracy
House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio held a press briefing on July 15 to highlight an organizational chart illustrating the labyrinthine bureaucracy that would take over America’s healthcare system under the House Democrats’ reform proposal.
- Dems Defense of HR 3200
- GOP Solutions for America - GOP.gov
The Website for Republicans in Congress, GOP.gov provides the latest legislative and policy news from the House Republican Conference.
- Contact Elected Officials: USA.gov