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Saturday, August 1, 2009

What Liberals Want in Healthcare

There is a lot of smoke and mirrors in the Healthcare Reform bills emerging from Congress, but they all have one thing in common: America's liberal and progressive thinkers want to move the country to a Single-Payer system, where the government is the sole provider of healthcare financing. This is the same system that is used throughout Europe and Canada and drives their patients to the United States for care they cannot get in their own country. Why can’t the Congress say so, author the bill and get it passed? They have the Presidency, the Senate and The House. They don't need a single Republican vote. Just ask Barney Frank, a longtime champion of single-payer and he'll tell you the votes to pass it aren't there. The Democrats have been trying to get to single payer for over forty years and despite their incremental advancements they have failed to convince enough Americans to get it passed. If your Representative or Senator is a liberal Democrat and you ask them about single-payer they will tell you that is the ultimate goal of healthcare reform because they is the most efficient and fair way to provide healthcare for all. If you ask if they will be subject to the same plan they will say yes, but the truth is that in the current bills under discussion they are exempt from the plan they are devising for you. There are many ways we can reform healthcare, make it more competitive and make it cheaper to own and carry, but moving toward single-payer and government control is not one of them. One only has to look at the mess in Medicare. As reimbursements shrink so does the number of doctors and hospitals that accept Medicare patients. The failure of oversight in Medicare is monumental. It is overpriced, corrupt and operates poorly like other government enterprises including the Post Office, Amtrak and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. With the proper reforms all federal and state operated healthcare agencies could be better operated by the private sector.