Health-care reform blinders

The media, business and political establishments insist on taking the same approach to health-care issues that government has always taken to public-school issues: throw more money at it.

hccsThey are unable to think close to the edge of the box, let alone outside the box.

Figuring out ways to let the free market have a go at a solution is the best approach.


5 thoughts on “Health-care reform blinders

  1. The health care debate is truly fascinating. On one hand I see the free market forces at work now and the only ones that seem to be making out all that well are the insurance companies. We seem to socialize the entities we view as critical for our nation’s stability: education, police, military, post office, and on and on. Why is healthcare not one of these sectors? I don’t believe the “socialized medicine is awful” rant that is often bantered about on questionable evidence at best. I have a handful of college class mates who are now doctors / surgeons / anesthesiologists and their takes have always been enlightening. I’m open to changing my mind on this if I can be convinced.

  2. The kinds of socialization you’re talking about is where government RUNS things. Would you actually want the government to run all of our medical care? Especially the federal government? And I would argue that many of these government-run entities have been disasters, especially the public school system, and have actually harmed our nation more than helped it. Other examples you cited include those cited in our Constitution, which is anything but a socialist document. Plus, the U.S. Post Office has been partially privatized for years now, and its current service is ONLY a result of the competition started by FedEx.

    No, when the free market is allowed to operate, things work best. I am now officially without health insurance and loving it. I have the choice of any doctor I would like to go to depending on which one I believe is best. I have the choice of any pharmacy I would like to go to. I am simply taking advantage of Samaritan Ministries medical cost-sharing plan, taking advantage also of flexible spending accounts and of cheap, generic, $4 prescriptions at Wal-Mart. The next time I need to see a doctor about a cold or flu, I’ll hit a Quick Care Family Clinic and get seen for $39. As part of Samaritan (for whom I work), I also am able to send my shares each month to other Christians who are in need, a much, much better situation than giving it to a corporation that would also use my money to pay for abortions, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases which people caught from their own immorality, consequences of drug and alcohol abuse, etc.

    I strongly encourage you to read the book referenced above, “America’s Health Care Crisis Solved.”

  3. 45.8 million people are going to be covered by some pip squeak skut-monkey church? rrrrrright.

  4. No, of course they won’t be. Samaritan, which is an independent organization, not a church, doesn’t “cover” anyone. We share our financial blessings with one another. Not everyone could join Samaritan. You have to sign a statement of faith, refrain from tobacco use and illegal drug use, refrain from sexual activity outside of marriage (unfortunately, these days I have to add that we’re talking heterosexual marriage) and not drink alcohol to the point of drunkenness. We have 13,000 households at the time and are growing. But there are other ways of helping out those without health insurance, discussed in the book referenced above. And by the way, that number of uninsured includes those who willingly forgo insurance, such as Samaritan members. A few years ago, 15 million people with incomes over $50,000 chose not to buy health insurance. It also includes those who were uninsured for a short time during the year, such as those between jobs and those who qualify for government medical programs such as Medicaid or Medicare but haven’t taken advantage of it, although they could and get coverage retroactively. Also included are illegal immigrants.

    I’m posting a separate piece published in our newsletter a few years ago that discusses this issue.

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