It’s a great idea, but that’s also its problem.
By Jack E. Lohman
Nothing that really makes sense can get past our politicians, because their cash constituents want exactly the opposite. They’re just too smart for us.
But because the insurance companies can’t make money on the poor, which they would otherwise share with those politicians, maybe this proposal has a chance. Political money won’t be changing hands.
Why are we supporting so many health care systems and their duplicated administration costs? BadgerCare, Medicaid, SCHIP, VA, Tricare, Medicare, private insurers, etc. This is an absolute waste of taxpayer money and is a major factor in our outlandish health care costs.
Other countries have just one system, why can’t we? Provide just one level of care, total, and have different levels of co-pays, deductibles, or subsidies! But there is just one level of care justified.
This writer proposes merging health care for the poor into the VA system. Of course, even as it is, funding for the VA should be increased sharply to compensate for the GI’s coming home from Iraq. We are doing a terrible job on this front already, and adding the poor could make it worse. Unless we fund it properly, which would also help pay for the added jobs that would be needed.
But there are two problems with using VA Medical Centers: (1) there are too few of them by comparison, and they are usually located closer to metropolitan areas, and (2) the taxpayer money is needed for pork to reward campaign contributors elsewhere. Aren’t our priorities great?
Alternatively, we could care for the Vets and the poor through our Medicare system. Get rid of BadgerCare, Medicaid, SCHIP and the VA system, and have them all use the same local doctors and hospitals that everybody else uses. The problem here is that Vets prefer their system to ours, which should send a clue to those opposing “socialized medicine.”
Our current system is shameful. Why do we put more time and money into avoiding the right thing, when we could just fix the system and move on to saving our country? Obviously insurance industry money is driving this issue, but how long is it going to let the country crumble before giving in.
As more people lose their jobs and health insurance, this problem will get worse, not better. We must fix it sooner, not later. And our business community direly needs to be relieved of its insurance expenses so it can compete internationally.