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Health Care Reform? Don’t Think So

In Social Issues on March 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Last year I thought there might be a little credibility to the notion that the Federal Government may have some compassion on our less fortunate in terms of what we all can afford in health care costs. This was interesting to me because I had been thinking for a few years now how the price of premiums is not commensurate with the amount of service I was getting. It really struck home when I did not have coverage and low and behold I got better care from a generous non-profit clinic than I did from a medical doctor paid for through insurance means.

I have nothing against insurance in theory, however I wish medical costs were affordable through standard savings of an average household (when they choose to save) and I certainly have nothing against hospitals and doctors who have been mostly forced into this process lest they lose customers and profit. But I soon recognized that this system is a self perpetuating cyclone of rising costs. Something has to be done for sure. My thoughts were, finally we were going to remove the ridiculous government strangle holds that kept insurance companies from competing across state lines. Anyone in business knows that competition drives down prices normally. I thought that malpractice insurance reforms would be enacted to help doctors provide their time for less. I thought wrong.

So I watched and waited and as the process drew on I noticed two things.

1. The government does not care about health care.

2. It does not care about the limits it must operate under.

Today I’ll delve into the first idea and tomorrow the second.

As I watched the CSPAN debates, there were two numbers thrown around that compelled the weak at heart to cower at the thought of not passing this legislation. The first was the 32 million Americans that are not covered. The second, the numbers that supposedly die every year because of the lack of coverage. The poster board I saw held the count right at about 45,000. Now mind you, I still have not seen the true support for this second number. It may be out there, I just have not seen it. So, let’s take it for granted that this is the number.

If the government REALLY cared about the 45,000 people who die every year because there is no coverage for them, why did they not do something about it in the first 4 years of the enactment of this new law? Are they just calling it a hopeless set of causalities in the world of politics? If they believe in that number and they think they really hold the solutions to health care in this country then why are they going to knowingly allow 45,000 people suffer death at their hands for the next 4 years? They will either let these 180,000 people die or something else is afoot here. Maybe that number is bogus and they know it. Maybe, they used that number to scare you. Maybe they know they really cannot save those who are dying and they just need that “data” to make a case for a larger agenda. More on that agenda in the next piece.

This brings me to the second point on these numbers. Did it scare you? Let’s do the math. If 32 million are not covered and 45,000 die a year, then that means 31,995,000 live each year with no health insurance. I feel bad for the 45k but, in the world where the only thing you can bank on is death and taxes, we retain a system that works for 31.995 million out of 32 (for you bean counters: 99.859375%) when they are not even in the system. This is pretty dang near perfect. Of course that means you have to believe that the dying 45k is really due to lack of coverage and the debate rages on that too.

Now if the converse of this statement is true and you believe that all people who die that ARE covered by health insurance die natural or unavoidable deaths AND there are 300 million people in this country, AND 45k die a year for lack of coverage, then in the ENTIRE American health system, 299,955,000 (about 99.985%) people live (or die unavoidable deaths) and about 0.015% constitute the entire problem that the Congress was attempting to solve with TRILLIONS of dollars of money we don’t have.

Opinion “C” is: We are overhauling a nearly perfect system for some other reason than more affordable health care for more Americans. The facts as I see them support this claim.  I don’t think the majority of politicians are trying to solve health care for anyone. If they were, they would iron out the remaining issues of a nearly perfect system to the best of their ability. They TOTALLY avoided tort reform and they would not address competition.  They know the previous regulations complicated the industry and would not remove them to allow for natural rate adjustments.

There is more to this on the surface than meets the eye and I am searching more and more to get to the bottom of it. Tomorrow we look more at what could really be happening with our Congress. It gets easier to solve the more laws they pass because you begin to see the pattern.

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