One of the Democratic advisers told CNN there is fear within the party that the president’s signature issue is “on the rocks” because of dramatically high cost estimates for separate bills being drafted by Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts and Max Baucus, D-Montana.
The Congressional Budget Office’s estimate for the Kennedy bill — that it will cost $1 trillion and yet leave millions of Americans without health insurance — has given Republicans strong political ammunition to charge reform may be too expensive at a time of massive federal deficits.
Um…yeah…it’s gonna cost LOTS of money plus reduce choice for the average buyer — obviously we must rush this brilliant idea through Congress. If even some of the Democrats are balking at these costs, you know there’s serious money being discussed here. 😉
Here’s a few things we might want to know about this new and fabulous grand government scheme, more commonly known as a national health care plan. Reason Online breaks it down here.
First, that the proposed national health care plan won’t cover everyone.
Second, that the subsidized lower plan premiums on a government-run / public plan would provide an almost irresistible incentive for employers to switch their employees’ coverage from private plans. This doesn’t exactly promote or support the promise of increased choices for people, and it can be fairly assumed that any private insurance companies left competing with the feds for customers will have a difficult time making it profitable to stay in business. The solution is not, and is NEVER, more government control or federal tax dollars to support a system that doesn’t operate as efficiently and effectively as it should.
*I’m not at all saying that there aren’t fixes and solutions that we can implement to make the current system work better for patients and those in the medical field. I just think that President Obama has the wrong fix to what ails our health care system.*
The most important point is that it will become harder and harder to keep private health care plans. The linked Reason Online article actually predicts that the ability to opt out of public health care will eventually disappear, because the private insurers will be out of business. I’m not going to go that far here, but I do think it’s something we should be very concerned about, because once there is only one choice of health care plan and it’s the government plan, we all lose.
We need to consider carefully the next steps in any possible reform of health care in this country. This isn’t something Congress should rush through and pass without reading it first and thoroughly discussing all options and alternatives. Yes, the Democrats gained power and have the ability to pass whatever junk bill they support, but I believe that this requires more care and attention that any other piece of legislation they will ram through Congress this year. Make no mistake about this — once the American people start to figure out what’s happening to them (and there are a few encouraging signs that this is the case), the support for many of President Obama’s grand schemes could end up backfiring on the Democrats.