Sensenbrenner could not be more wrong…

But on healthcare reform, the insurance CEOs must love him!

By Jack E. Lohman

From Sensenbrenner’s web site “I share the concerns of many Americans who believe that health care costs too much, insurance is unaffordable and the system needs to be reformed.  While some have advocated for the government to takeover and run the universal healthcare system, my opinion is that this would make the current situation worse and drastically reduce the quality of health care services in America.  Individual choice and free market competition – which currently do not exist – are steps in the right direction.  I support legislation to help the nation’s 47 million uninsured individuals obtain health coverage by creating a new tax credit for the purchase of private health insurance.  Health Savings Accounts also deserve the support of Congress as a way to increase access to affordable medical care.”

It’s probably best to treat this as honest ignorance, rather than a conflict of interest, which I tend more to believe.

But Sensenbrenner is correct on this!

ObamaCare is terrible and hopefully the (conservative) Supreme Court will disallow the mandates. That also destroys its funding, so it will likely die on the vine. If we are lucky.

For the Dems to pound their chest that even poor people now have coverage, when they have just passed a law mandating that these people spend part of their food money to buy a commercial product, is at best stupid and at worst corrupt.

As a former business owner, I would have loved that the government mandate that all Americans must buy my product. Now THAT would have been worth some campaign bribes.

My friend  James B. Rippy asks: “C’mon folks, we are going to force mandatory health insurance coverage on every citizen and yet we have court battles going on over the right to determine citizenship. Have we completely lost it?”

Yea, Rip, I think we have.

But look at the meat of the issue:

Sensenbrenner is calling for a “privatized free-market system.” He obviously is a very smart congressman, but he’s not a physician and clearly shouldn’t be. Though I’m quite sure he enjoys his own gold-plated taxpayer-paid healthcare plan that he denies others.

(And yea, he’s my congressman but I no longer vote for him.)

Simply, “competition” doesn’t work in health care, especially when the insurance company injects itself between physician and patient, or has congress ordering regulations in their favor. For a price, that is.

Or when hospitals employ their own physician/referral staff, and pay them bonuses for patient admissions and the ordering of expensive tests that are not needed.

Easily 80% of patients are not qualified to judge when and when not to see a physician. Especially if they are going to be hit with deductibles or co-payments or other penalties, or it negatively affects their health savings account.

4 Responses to Sensenbrenner could not be more wrong…

  1. John says:

    Poor people will not spend part of their food money on coverage. You’ve heard of Medicaid? That will still be there. Plus the poor and middle class will be heavily subsidized to buy coverage.

    The Affordable Care Act is not terrible, it’s a baby step in the right direction, and is currently reforming the private sector as we speak. I’ve blogged about the massive changes, and possible removal of the insurance industry completely.

    Think about what Sensenbrenner is saying, that the single payer system worldwide, that comes in at half the cost, will not come in at half the cost and even be more expensive. His proof is where?

    Sorry Jack, on this one, a swing and a miss.

  2. John, I am not convinced. RomneyCare has succeeded in increasing health costs in Massachusetts, and ObamaCare resulted from similar insurance bribes as was RomneyCare. It is a doomed system, and though I agree that it is a small step forward for some, it delays meaningful reform for the masses. I am totally supportive of single payer, but this isn’t it. And with 25 state attorney’s suing to nullify it, I’m hoping they win. But THEN we must get serious and pass single-payer.

  3. Scott David says:

    On my way to class to once again instill into my 31 students that the Medicare is going broke. And yes, I tell them that single payer is evil. I am sick of just the liberals being able to use the classroom for political gain.

  4. Yes, Medicare has problems but private healthcare is worse. I spent 40 years in the healthcare industry billing both. Single-payer isn’t perfect but you wouldn’t like what is better (the V.A. system). See these price differences

    And incidentally, it is reprehensible that you and the liberals are using the classroom for political gain.