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.