How To Fix Health Care
The Wrong Way
I once taught a class of three-year-olds for a year and the thing I remember learning is that they will scream louder and louder, not if they are denied something, but if they think you are not hearing them. One child was a real pill until I learned to repeat what she was saying. This calmed her right down even when the answer I was giving her was no.
I think the town hall meetings about health care are an example of this phenomenon. Far from being right wing conspirators, these people do not feel that they are being heard by their elected officials, so they ratchet up the volume. Sadly, they may be correct. The pictures of Shelia Jackson Lee on her cell phone while being asked a question, does not bolster confidence in our congress people.
The Wrong Solution
Right now, I believe we are headed the wrong direction on the health care issue. Claiming that the government's plan will force private insurance companies to lower their prices by introducing taxpayer subsidized health insurance shows either a disingenuous attempt at disinformation or a gross ignorance of the workings of capitalism. Neither case bodes well for American citizens. Government run health care will simply squash out the private sector with unfair price support advantages leaving government health care as the only option for the consumer. From there it can run amok as it pleases. Ask yourself how well Social Security is fairing and how about the costs of medicaid. Perhaps we can point out the success of the prescription drug plan--not! In fact there is no federal government entitlement program that we can point to that will instill confidence that Uncle Sam knows what he is doing.
Socialized Medicine Is not far behind.
Frankly the more the government tries to reassure us that its 1500 page plan is not socialized medicine, the more worried we should be. Our politicians are not exactly upstanding, trust worthy, unbiased sources of information and given the penchant that liberalism has for collective solutions, it would be a down right miracle if anything proceeding from the current government were about individual freedom and success and not really some form of socialism no matter what the label. This country will turn into a socialist nation unless one power acts decisively
The Sleeping Giant
The only salvation for the American Experiment, the only way to stop this great nation from being dragged down with the burden of ignorance, complacency, and indifference is the American people themselves. After all, that is the root of this great American Experiment: can individuals form a government which must derive its power from the people instead of the government controlling the people. Will this experiment prove a failure before it is 300 years old.
You can shout about the failures of America until your blue in the face and you can rush to try and fix those perceived failures by changing the system, but that is to utterly misunderstand the nature of the American Experiment. Our failures were also our successes. The Civil Rights Movement, Women's Suffrage, and Child Labor Laws are all examples of the self-correcting nature of the American Experiment. We the people make mistakes, but we the people fix mistakes. Lets not imagine that bureaucrats in D.C. will do that, no, they will merely institutionalize mistakes and make them part of the flesh and blood of tyranny.
The government was never meant to be our daddy, or a big tent, an idea of liberalism founded on the belief that the masses need guidance beyond the constitution. Instead the constitution stipulates the government to be our servant. And I would say this servant is insubordinate!
A Quick Outline Of A Solution
Time and space do not permit me to write out a complete blue print for a solution to our health-care dilemmas, but needless to say a solution should include:
- Respect for our capitalist economic model.
- Control of the health-care system by the people and not the government.
- Freedom to chose doctors and health-care providers.
- Tort reform.
Instead of making a complicated bureaucracy we could have a health saving account for each person to spend on their health as they see fit. Anything left at the end of the year would carry over to the next this would allow young people to build nest eggs in their healthy years. It would also allow each person to control his or her own health-care and encourage competition among health care providers. Added to this would be caps on law suit awards that drive health care cost higher and higher.
The plan could be phased in with younger people so as to not disrupt present coverage. There would have to be a lot more work done on such a plan, but I believe it would end up being far better than the current one that congress seems determined to ram down our throats. Our government would never back a plan like this one because it does not further its interests in increasing the scope of its control and power over us.
The only thing more powerful than our government is us and the first step is to say no to this current ill conceived plan that smacks of a power grab and begin searching for solutions that lie with in the scope of the constitution and capitalism.