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Health care isn’t free, and the system isn’t broken



Published: Sun, July 19, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Health care isn’t free, and the system isn’t broken

EDITOR:

So Barack Obama wants to fix our broken health care system. Sounds good, but what’s there to fix. It has the best doctors, nurses, equipment, medicines and hospitals. By law, everyone has access to it. As far as the cost goes, if they are up because the number of procedures is up, isn’t that a good thing? More people are being treated and cured. Yet, the cost per procedure is down. In-hospital stays are shorter; medicines are cheaper; and insurance companies have created low cost networks. What’s the problem? It certainly isn’t cost, coverage or effectiveness.

The problem is simple: compassion and freedom. In essence, America’s health care system is a product of its environment — a free and compassionate society. To fix it, government must reduce the compassion and curtail our freedom.

Contrary what you may believe, health care is not free. The patient, the doctor or a compassionate third party must pay for it. The very fact that Americans believe health care is a right speaks well of those compassionate people whose charity has enabled that fantasy. That is the upside of compassion — everyone gets care. Its downside is the cost of giving that care.

Freedom is about choices. As Americans, we can choose to prepare for the future (buy insurance or save) or deny the future (buy the latest ipod or automobile instead). For those who can’t afford the choice, we have shown compassion. But what do we owe those who simply refuse to prepare? Should the 85 percent who made the right choice lose their freedom to choose because 15 percent made a bad choice? Why should the 85 percent be forced to accept less then they have earned?

So how do you fix a system broken by freedom and compassion? For Obama and his Democrat flunkies the answer is simple. Take away the freedom with one-size fits all, and replace the compassion with political patronage. While your grandmother is sent home to die, politicians and their financiers will get the best of everything. Anyone protesting will be branded as “the rich,” greedy, evil, racist or counter-revolutionary. Watch it all unfold. You’ll be amazed how fast your freedoms will disappear and compassion will be redefined in political terms.

THOMAS MASKELL

Poland


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1irishfan91(97 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow, hit the nail on the head.

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2cambridge(3107 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

The cost of health care is rising three times faster than wages. The premiums keep rising as the coverage declines. Insurance companies make billions in profit as they overrule doctors medical decisions. 50 million Americans have no medical insurance and the number grows every day. Over 60% of bankruptcies are the result of medical issues and the writer claims the health care system is not broken.

Obama's plan is to offer the same health care that those in congress enjoy as an option. If you want to keep exactly what you have, no problem. If the option is a better deal you can have, what I've always heard people claim they want, the same health care that congress has will be available.

The government will not be running your health care. You will pick you own coverage and your own doctors. The difference will be another option. Those leading the fight against health care reform are the insurance companies who make those billions by declining health care. unfortunately it's easier for some to believe the propaganda than to rationally figure out the obvious themselves.

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3cambridge(3107 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I would like to make a couple more points. Between 2001 and 2007 bankruptcies due to medical expenses rose 50%. As I stated more than 60% of bankruptcies were due to medical expenses and in 75% of those bankruptcies the families had health insurance.

Below are two links that anyone concerned with the state of health care in this country should read.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/...

http://www.americablog.com/2009/06/si...

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4Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

When there is a small fire in a big house, one option is to doust it with gasoline (the Democratic-Socialist "solution") or doust it with water (free market reforms).

When something is perceived as "free", more of it is consumed. That is why the NHS is scheduled to go bankrupt in 2 years and are banning some forms of cancer treatment. That is why CMS (Medicare) is going bankrupt within 10 years. That is why Canada controls costs through rationing. We could talk also of statewide failed programs in MA and HI.

Indeed, the CBO reports that the Kennedy-Dodd legislation is unaffordable and that class-warfare tax policies won't cover all of the massive expense of this socialist monster.

For the love of God, why would we adopt a healthcare model that has failed everywhere and has every expectation already of failing here? Because the Democratic-Socialists can grab more power over the subjects because enough subjects believe more of other people's money is cool and others are too apathetic to resist. It is not about "health" or "care". It is about expanding the Socialists sphere of control over you even further.

The bottomless purse of the Feds will underprice temporarily the premiums until the private insurers are overtaken by the Feds. That is what happened with the children's health insurance initiative in Hawai'i...until it went bankrupt.

Hey, how about something proven to work...like Tort reform and free market health care?

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5RFederer(116 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

As usual, Maskell is wrong. Our life expectancy is lower than most countries with socialized single payer health care. Our results with infant mortality are a disgrace compared to the aforementioned countries. Our heart rates are near the bottom. I guess if enough people say something, enough fools will believe it. Maskell being one of the most gullible.

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6RFederer(116 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

And we pay almost twice as much as any other country for the right to have substandard health care.

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7OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Cambridge, you say that people can still choose their own coverage and their own doctors but that isn't quite the truth. Even now with private insurance, you have to choose from a list of providers, and if you need to see someone who is not on that list, you are charged extra fees or the ins company will not cover the charges at all. I can only see this being much worse under government-controlled health care. Do you really want the government controlling which doctors you can see or what kind of care you get? What about your prescriptions? I mean, for pete's sake the FDA practically wants to ban Tylenol and all other acetaminophen-containing products, what comes next? Do you want Big Brother deciding what is "safe" and what isn't? History has shown that government agencies, namely the FDA, are horrible when it comes to making these decisions.

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8cambridge(3107 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

OFMama.....It is not a government controlled health plan. It is the government negotiating with insurers for another option. Every option that is out there right now will still be available. If you like what you have, keep it. If you like the option better take it. In the case of the option you will be able to choose your own doctor. The government wont be choosing anything for anybody.

I would advise you to go to my previous post and click on the links and and decide if we need to do something about health care in this country. I guess we could keep paying higher and higher premiums for declining coverage and stand by as more and more people lose their life's work to bankruptcy. When people file for bankruptcy they don't just walk away from their medical debt. Every creditor they have gets stuck and in the end that is past on to the consumer. Anyone that doesn't think health care in this country is broken is not paying attention.

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9cambridge(3107 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Search4 Answers....How much do you contribute to your day to day cost of living dude? How much do you contribute for your own health care dude? When you go out in the world and become self sufficient for about ten years then you might have something to contribute dude. Until then you should just sit back and pay attention, grownups are talking here dude. LOL!

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

"Anyone that doesn't think health care in this country is broken is not paying attention."

Cambridge wants to fix it by taxing the health care benefits of the insured . This will strip health care away from the productive so we can take better care of the HIV infected crackheads.

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11cambridge(3107 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Search4Answers....I don't need lectures from some college kid. I've made my own way in life and untill you do you wont know what you don't know. Who even pays for your college? You, your parents, student loans. If you do get student loans, your welcome. I'm a tax payer. That would be me lending you the money. I don't mind because if anybody needs an education it's you.

You tell me I'm brainwashed. Start at the top of these post and read what I wrote and what you wrote. I wrote facts and referenced links to back up what I wrote. You made smart ass remarks. My comments are based on a life of experience. Yours are based on what, Ron Paul? Do you know if Ron Paul were in charge there wouldn't be such a thing as student loans. Your the one parroting others. Your the one that's brain washed.

My post contained truths about the rising cost of health care, the decline in coverage, the rise in the number of uninsured, the bankruptcy and loss of a life's work of people with insurance and the truth about the option that will be available. I provided links to back up what I posted. If you can post something that shows what I said about any of those things is incorrect post it.

If you are so concerned about the world your left to face the link below might help you understand what happened. I doubt that you'll take the time.

http://budget.house.gov/doc-library/f...

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12cambridge(3107 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Very interesting video. The philosophy of having no personal debt and saving is one I've had since I starting working when I was twelve years old. I call if "f**k you money". Because when you have it you are in charge. I tell it to all young people whenever I get a chance. If at the beginning of your carrier you sacrifice for maybe three years and build some serious bank, today I would say at least $30,000 your set. From that day on you could live pay to pay and sleep like a baby. But even more it lets you take advantage of financial or employment opportunities when they present themselves, it makes you independent. If you use part of that bank to take advantage of an opportunity the next step is to pay that bank back. That path made me reach places financially I never even thought of and it just happened. But I can only control what I do and the way other people live is on them. There's the world the way you want it to be, and there's the world the way it is.

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13VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

This is becoming very scary. So much has already been unread and passed and we are now on the verge of ramming another bill thru without understanding it.

What are the consequences to our future with those "unread" passages of the bills already passed. How and when will they impact us and how will this forced health care package play out in all this mess?

It seems as if we are on a fast track to pass as many bills as possible before the public rebels. Could that possibly be the reason?

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14Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

This administration, like all socialist rulers, transfer power from the subjects to themselves through a multitude of means. Take their money through taxes, make others dependent upon gifts from the Fedeal treasury, control industry, control even personal decisions like how they manage their own health.

I'm aghast that some folks (now a minority) think all this is somehow a good idea.

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15cambridge(3107 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Hilarious!

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16babs68(58 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow...

Has anyone ever been treated in another country through Universal healthcare programs? Probably not, but it's not bad. If you want the better doctors youhave to pay for it. It's sort of like here when you want a Doctor not in your network you pay a higher Co-Pay. The only thing that I din't care for at all is the higher taxes that is used to pay for this program which is in the range of 40%. In the end I understand the issues that people don't have insurance...and that healthcare companies don't care about that. We have to do something America. I think that we need to put aside all of our differnces and come up with a plan that will work. The bickering is getting old.

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17Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

"While your grandmother is sent home to die, politicians and their financiers will get the best of everything"

The sad part is that after they were duped into believing that those whom they elected will indeed shower them with riches they will quickly find out that the money flow is eaten up by huge salaries and perks. Then they will tell you that they can feel your pain . Of course they will then up your taxes to help you out. Tax me a dollar and give me a nickel !

SHARE YOUR WEALTH TIL ITS GONE !

http://i43.tinypic.com/2pspwmq.jpg

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18Jake(112 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I see cambridge has enjoyed the kool aid. When I saw the "50 million Americans are uninsured" line I knew what the rest of the post was going to say. That canard has been debunked so many times one only needs to Google to see the answer for himself.

His assertion that we'll get what congress gets is laughable. His belief that government won't be running your healthcare is delusional. Since Obama has taken office, the government has taken over GM, Chrysler and several banks. To think health care won't be the same is incredibly naive.

You will pay for your "free" health care in taxes and limits on what you can, and cannot, decide for yourself. That's how it works in other countries, and that is how it will work here.

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