Okay, the Democrats fixed the healthcare system…

(yea, yea…)

By Jack E. Lohman

And the Republicans rail on about how they could do a better job if given a chance. Never mind that they had the previous eight years of GOP rule and did nothing, today they have themselves on a throne.

But cut them some slack. Both political parties shared equally in the $125 million in campaign bribes… er,  contributions… and they did or didn’t do what their funders wanted or didn’t want. That’s the way the political system is designed. The industry paid and the industry got.

Matters were made worse, and if it’s going to get fixed it will have to be at the state level. We cannot deal with the corruption in congress.

As we now fritter away billions of taxpayer dollars hiring thousands of new IRS agents to oversee the insurance mandates, and thousands of new FBI agents to battle fraud, and thousands more to administer this new and complicated government program, isn’t it time that we ask “why in the hell are we doing all of this?”

Why don’t we just fix it right, once and for all, and then move on to fixing our economy? No new IRS agents, no new FBI agents, let’s use the infrastructure already in place… Medicare. And save $400 billion in the process.

The solution to health care is easy, it’s getting it done that is politically difficult. For the same amount of dollars we are spending today (17% of GDP) we could provide first-class Cheney-care to 100% of our population. Including those in Medicaid and SCHIP, and those who are uninsured and under-insured.

We’d pay for the system through our national infrastructure… about 2% on individual taxes and 8% on companies (as opposed to the 15% they pay today). Businesses could spend the savings on keeping jobs in the U.S. instead of outsourcing to countries already with universal healthcare. A bailout for 100% of our businesses, not just the banks and car manufacturers.

But the system we now have is obsolete and too expensive. We must eliminate the make-work middlemen, the insurance bureaucracy that drains 31% of our costs (for high CEO salaries, bonuses, shareholder profits, broker commissions, actuarial costs, and even their lobbying and campaign contributions that are passed on to the patient).

Nice to know that our politicians are getting a piece of every private healthcare dollar, eh?

Where are our heads?

7 Responses to Okay, the Democrats fixed the healthcare system…

  1. Yea, the Republican party staffers came up with the 16,000 number and it has been rebuked by several health care supporters. But it is “something” and I don’t think for a moment that it will be absorbed by the existing staff. You cannot give the IRS the responsibility to monitor everybody’s health care coverage and not give them staff to do it.

    Too bad we can’t trust either side to give us correct data. If I had a board of directors constantly after each other’s throats I’d fire them all.

  2. The non-partisan FactCheck.org calls the 16,500 number “wildly inaccurate” and notes that the main fuction of the IRS for health care will be to hand out tax credits (as though that doesn’t require people). The IRS’ main job under the new law isn’t to enforce penalties. Its first task is to inform many small-business owners of a new tax credit that the new law grants them — starting this year — which will pay up to 35 percent of the employer’s contribution toward their workers’ health insurance. And in 2014 the IRS will also be administering additional subsidies — in the form of refundable tax credits — to help millions of low- and middle-income individuals buy health insurance.

    So guess what? More IRS agents nonetheless, when under a single payer plan they wouldn’t be needed.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid… I thought the D’s were smarter than the R’s.

  3. John Laesch says:

    I see we are thinking along the same lines. No doubt that we need to challenge the Supreme Court decision that gives corporations the right to buy elections.

  4. I agree, but I think we should first challenge the faulty premise that corporations are even people. Yes, they are owned by people and those people (as people) have the right to give cash to support their party (or bribe their congressman). But to pool money, as corporations do, to distribute as the CEOs see fit, against the will of at least some shareholders, is a gross distortion of our First Amendment.

    But a constitutional amendment will take years. Immediate fixes would (a) pass public funding of campaigns and (b) pass corporate reforms. Spending political money and setting exorbitant executive salaries should have majority shareholder approval.

  5. CWren says:

    I have to laugh every time people claim healtcare is now “fixed”. Well, yes, it is now fixed… as in neutered.

  6. You are absolutely correct. This was a multi-trillion-dollar giveaway to the insurance industry, and I for one opposed it regularly. Now working on a state single-payer plan to replace the federal fiasco.

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