A Pledge To America: Repeal and Replace the Government Takeover of Health Care

In today’s post I look at the healthcare section of the Pledge to America.

Page 26 The American people wanted one thing out of health care reform: lower costs, which President Obama and Democrats in Washington promised, but did not deliver. Actually, I wanted one thing out of health care reform – the whole notion to be scrapped.  Real health care reform is if the government got out of the Medicare/Medicaid business altogether.  That’s health care reform in my book.

Page 27 Repeal the Costly Health Care Takeover of 2010 – Because the new health care law kills jobs, raises taxes, and increases the cost of health care, we will immediately take action to repeal this law. I agree with all that, but how about something saying that oh, where in the constitution does it say that a responsibility of the national government is healthcare for its citizens?

We will enact common-sense medical liability reforms to lower costs, rein in junk lawsuits and curb defensive medicine. Again, the devil is in the details.  I understand what the goal is, but I am not sure if I will like the reforms.  Is it capping the amount of damages, is it something saying that you have to have been actually physically harmed…  I don’t know.  I agree that changes are needed here, I would like to have a better idea of what those changes are.  But this is a broad brush document, so I guess I will accept this.

We will allow individuals to buy health care coverage outside of the state in which they live. How about get government out of the business of regulating healthcare insurance altogether.

Strengthen the Doctor-Patient Relationship – We will repeal President Obama’s government takeover of health care and replace it with common-sense reforms focused on strengthening the doctor-patient relationship. I didn’t know that a Washington/State capitol/local city bureaucrat could make my relationship with my doctor better!  What kind of regulation would this look like?  The receptionist has to smile at me, the doctor has to give me a lollypop when I am finished?  I want government OUT of this relationship, not trying to “enhance” it.

This next paragraph is why I started writing these posts on the Pledge to America.  Sit down and read this quote:

Ensure Access for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions – Health care should be accessible for all, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses. We will expand state high-risk pools, reinsurance programs and reduce the cost of coverage. We will make it illegal for an insurance  company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and prevent insurers from dropping your coverage just because you get sick. We will incentivize states to develop innovative programs that lower premiums and reduce the number of uninsured Americans. Deep into this pledge, we see the heart of the issue with the dissatisfaction with both the Democrat and Republican parties.  They both seem to think that a bigger government is a better thing and that if there is a problem, the federal government should fix it.

Health care should be accessible for all. Healthcare is not a right.  I am 100% sure of that.  If you think it is, I suggest reading the Constitution.  The word “health” is not even there!

We will expand state high-risk pools, reinsurance programs and reduce the cost of coverage. Sounds like you want to push the costs for this down to the state governments.  And how does getting involved in high risk pools really reduce costs?

We will make it illegal for an insurance  company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and prevent insurers from dropping your coverage just because you get sick. So we will eliminate ways that insurance companies have found to reduce their costs.  You say before and after this that you will reduce the costs for plans, but then here you say that you will mandate an action that will greatly INCREASE costs?  Incompetence, astonishingly bad reasoning skills, disconnection from reality, or deception.  Seems like it has to be one of those four things…

Page 28  We will establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion and subsidies for insurance coverage that includes abortion. I agree – respect, protect, and cherish human life from the moment of conception to natural death.

No grade save that of F, for very obvious reasons.

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