Government Should Stay Out of Health Care

Government Should Stay Out of Health Care

The latest cost estimates for health care legislation in Congress are about $1.6 trillion over 10 years, according to two Senate sources. Two Senate staffers, one Democratic and one Republican, said the Congressional Budget Office made the estimate for the Finance Committee version of the bill. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee version would cost $1 trillion over ten years, but would only cover about one-third of the nearly 50 million uninsured.

At this point I haven’t found anything except the armed forces that the government is reasonably efficient with. Much of the extra cost of medicines and treatments is due to the current government regulations, I can’t see how more government makes the cost go down.

I would like to have your comments.

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9 Comments

  1. Maggie Reply

    Are you kidding me? Anyone who is opposed to universal health care is ignorant of the facts and unwilling to look at objective data. There are several service that should never be run by private, for-profit industry, namely health care, police, and emergency services. These should be considered for the public good and should not be run as a business. As much as people want to deny it, our health care lags far behind countries with socialized medicine. Please do some research before you send out these ridiculous statements.

    And remember that hospitals were up until very recently public institutions and the problems have arisen since the privatization (for-profit model)took over.

  2. Maggie Reply

    Oh, and I should add the the current legislation is a travesty that was written largely by the insurance industry. I do not support it in any way, but I strongly support universal health care. And almost 50 million people are currently insured by the government. Ask anyone on Medicare if they want to do away with it…the answer will be 100% no. It is not as poorly run as the Republicans want you to think, and is much better run than any private insurer as far as providing care.

  3. Maggie Reply

    One more thing (yes this e-mail really irritated me). I pay over $350 per month for my employer sponsored insurance. On top of that, I have also paid over $2500 this year on medical bills that my insurance wouldn’t cover. That adds up to over 10% of my income, which is way more than I pay in Federal Income Tax. This is how it would be for the vast majority of Americans. Personally, I would much rather pay a higher income tax and have no medical bills, and be able to go to the doctor whenever i am sick and not have to worry about if I can afford it or not.

  4. gwhite Post author Reply

    Hospitals were (and many still are) non-profit institutions, run by organizations setup by churches and private organizations, not government run entities.

    What facts and objective data should we be looking at? The cost is $1.6 trillion dollars. Would you call Medicare an outstanding success? What about the veterans’ hospitals like Walter Reed that has had so many well documented issues? That is the governments track record in managing health. I don’t want to help pay for insurance for people that choose to have cell phones and cable television instead of health care (and the people in poverty of the US already have State and Federal health insurance options).

    How does our health care lag far behind socialized countries? Canada was sending pregnant women to Washington State, because they ran out of beds. All the European countries have two tiers of health care, the socialized version, then if you want better care, a paid for version.

  5. Maggie Reply

    Really? My local hospital, and the one in the next county are both government run and they provide exceptional care for everyone, not just those that can afford it.

    What is the cost of the war in Iraq? What was the cost of Medicare Part D? ($700 Billion and it only serves those over 65) The VA is run by the DD, so of course it is not great. Yes, I would declare Medicare a success. Ask anyone over the age of 65 how they like it. And Medicare is a two tiered system as well. Those that can afford it have supplemental insurance. Works just fine. Explain to me specifically what is wrong with Medicare. Sure, there is fraud by doctors, as there is with private insurance as well. What else is wrong with it? Takes a long time to pay? Have you any idea what the claim payment time is for private insurance? I’m not talking for a simple doctor visit,but for a real illness or injury. Have you ever had to deal with your insurance company refusing to pay for valid medical treatments>? I have, many times. It can take months of calling, faxing, e-mailing to get them to pay a bill. That is how they make money, because the premiums are invested in stocks and funds.

    Hospitals here run out of beds for those that can’t afford to pay all the time.

  6. Johns Reply

    The latest data released this week indicates that with a “public option” the actual cost for health care drops by more than $400 billion. Not a bad way to help reduce costs or provide alternatives to the tens of millions of unisured. And, when the unisured are no longer being “covered” by the premiums of those that have coverage, we should see some offest from the insurance providers toward us that pay the high premiums today!!!

  7. Beth in VA Reply

    This lead article in the latest newsletter led me to unsubscribe from this organization. The numbers presented here are already out of date according to the latest budget estimates, and the new bill is much less costly.

    I wonder who is behind this article–certainly not public health advocates. Even the Republican-dominated AMA (which only represents about 17% of practicing MDs in the US) has had to step back, admitting that the public needs a public health care plan.

    I’m tired of HMO’s telling me what I can do. I do not fear a government plan to provide better competition and to help those who the insurance companies reject. The insurance companies make a profit by denying helath care benefits to actual sick people.

  8. Dan Tuttle Reply

    We’ve tried that. It is time for a new approach, and I think history has proven you can’t leave it up to the private sector. Profit motive and social responsibility have not been compatible in the health care sector. It is time to move on. HealthStatus must have strong ties to insurance and doctor lobbies. I’m disappointed.

  9. gwhite Post author Reply

    No, HealthStatus is not affiliated with any pharma, insurance or doctor lobbies, and we are not funded by any of those. We are a small privately held corporation.

    Government run medicine is not a new approach. Medicare and Medicaid do not give individuals in those programs top notch medical care and those programs are going broke. Veteran’s hospitals regularly make the news on their poor conditions. Why do we want less than the best available treatment options?

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