Feingold wants states to handle health care

But the states don’t want this burden either!

By Jack E. Lohman

Senator Russ Feingold co-wrote a bill with Lindsey Graham to let the states experiment with health care.

Why?  Even Feingold’s own state doesn’t want to deal with health care! And clearly, a national solution is better anyway. Let’s hope that he instead gets behind a single-payer solution.

Isn’t 44 years of national Medicare coverage enough experimentation? Isn’t the fact that Taiwan, after studying every health care system in the world including those in socialized countries, and finalizing on a Medicare replicate for all its people, enough to at least give Medicare-for-all a chance in America?

Call it politics, if you wish, but I call it political corruption. The insurance industry has given $46 million in campaign contributions and has won over Sen. Max Baucus, a pretend constituent representative from Montana. He has excluded single-payer activists from even presenting their arguments to his Finance Committee and has limited input to the for-profit mongers. Aren’t political bribes just great?

What??? You’re finding that your $100 contribution isn’t working?

Don’t you worry. Under public pressure the politicians and health care industry came up with an unbiased public policy. They’ve agreed to “curb the growth of health care inflation by 1.5% per year.”

Note that they do not mean TO 1.5% per year, they mean BY 1.5%. Instead of a 10% yearly inflation rate, they’ll keep it to 8.5%!!!  Aren’t we lucky?

You can be sure that they won’t cut into profits to do so. They’ll trim health care to patients instead.

Doesn’t President Obama get it?

The smartest thing congress could do is to remove the health care obligation from corporations. It would save these corporations $6500 per employee per year that could instead be used to add jobs and stem their layoffs and outsourcing to countries that already have universal health care.

A Medicare-for-all system would provide a base level of taxpayer-funded coverage. Nobody would go without, and such coverage would bridge periods of unemployment. But if someone wanted coverage over and above Medicare they could purchase an additional Gap policy. You know, the free-market way, with cash dollars.

Of course those who have turned health care into a profit center will object. But like fire and police and national protection, basic health should be funded by taxpayers. Also objecting will be those “everybody-for-themselves” folks.  The young bucks that don’t see themselves as ever getting old or getting sick. Or having a child being diagnosed with diabetes or other genetic disease after they’ve committed to a high-deductible HSA plan.

And if any of that happens they have just the answer. They’ll sign up for the public system.

But please, let’s not fall for the standard industry scare tactics. We spend twice the dollars on health as does any other country. We’ll not have their wait times or rationing. We have neither of those with Medicare today, and we’ll not have them going forward. Especially if “all” also includes the politicians.

Understand that we are currently paying 100% of today’s health care costs through cost shifting, bankruptcy costs and when manufacturers add their expenses to the price of their products. Nothing is free and Medicare will not be free. But we’ll pay $400 billion less per year when we pay though our tax system. And that’s exactly why the industry objects.

Medicare going broke? How about eliminating the $780 billion drug bill that prohibits Medicare from getting the same 50% discount the VA system gets? How about using just the pharmacist rather than also the middleman insurance industry?

Tidbits

— If you really believe that mandated health insurance is the answer, please read this summary from physicians in Massachusetts.

— Massachusetts has failed and failed miserably. ER visits have gone UP instead of down, as you would expect any positive plan to achieve.

— But oh, the insurance industry and its brokers just love this. Can you imagine having the state write a law to mandate that every citizen purchase your product?

— And “affordable?”  To whom?  The politicians taking the cash from the industry?  Whose definition do we go by?

— I say let’s give the industry a few billion dollars to just go away.

4 Responses to Feingold wants states to handle health care

  1. Yea, Right!!!

    “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program.” (applause) “I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.”

    Obama speaking to the Illinois AFL-CIO, June 30, 2003.

  2. So dumb me, I called Sen. Kohl’s office expecting a sympathetic ear. I was told that Kohl is waiting for the recommendations of the Senate Finance Committee. You know, the one Max “Insurance Industry” Baucus is heading up? Like he’s really going to get good recommendations that benefit the public here!

    But the problem is, Baucus can give Kohl and other senators cover to do something stupid.

    We need Kohl and Feingold to intervene NOW! They are the least conflicted of the bunch.

    No, we need every senator to intervene. Call yours TODAY!

  3. Dohnal says:

    The village idiots are at it again, trying to screw up the best system in the world and replace it with a mess.
    Ccheck dick Morris today.

  4. Yea, Dick Morris is sure a guy to idolize. And just who considers our health care system “the best in the world?”

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