Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Don't Do What I Say, Just Pass the Bill
Within hours of C-SPAN's Brian Lamb offering to televise the proceedings of the healthcare bill conference committee to assist the President in living up to his campaign promise of transparency, Mr. Obama responded by "prodding House and Senate Democrats to get him a final health care bill as soon as possible, encouraging them to bypass the usual negotiations between the two chambers in the interest of speed," according to a story in The Washington Times. In the final analysis it doesn't matter what gets passed as long as something does. The list of what is wrong with this bill is long and tedious. It is sufficient to say that it both Democrats and Republicans are not pleased but, as I have said in the past, it leads to the public option by way of raising prices, rationing care and overwhelming the system with red tape. After several years of this pre-planned debacle the Federal government will step in with the public option as a way to finally take it over completely and give us the third world health care they feel we deserve. As Michael Moore is wont to say healthcare is great and free in Cuba, failing to point out that its hospitals are filled with old and broken equipment, there is no medicine and good healthcare is reserved for members of Castro's party. The rest of the people get their medicine from their relatives who live in America. The trouble is that if we go the public route there is no one to get medicine and treatment from. Currently those who cannot get treated in their own country come here. Once America has the public option there will be no place to go. As if this is not bad enough the current bill is a sellout to insurance companies, pharmaceuticals firms, medical device manufacturers and hospitals, all of whom will profit handsomely from the bill because they will see the benefits immediately in the form of tax breaks and cost controls. On the other hand, taxpayers and the uninsured, which will begin paying immediately, will not see benefits for years and even then most of the uninsured that need care will not be covered and most of those who do not need care will have to pay anyway. Is this anyway to run an industry? If you are a bureaucrat the answer is YES.