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But the system we now have is obsolete and too expensive.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?