HEALTH CARE, A SHOT IN THE FOOT

Well, it’s passed and all we can do now is to wait and see.  For all of you who favored the massive miscarriage of congress, I want you to prepare to apologize to the nation for your mistake.  No, I don’t expect you to recognize it today or tomorrow.  You’ll still be celebrating your victory then.  It may take the next three or four years, while we’re all paying for a program in which no one can participate.  It may take longer for you to wake up, but it will happen and I want to hear your apology and promise not to act emotively or stupidly again.

Yes, we do need health care reform.  This isn’t it.  This is government intrusion into private industry, insurance and medicine.  Fraud and theft will metastasize within every aspect of this program and into every tangent association, just as it does with every huge government bureaucracy.  The burden of misspent and misappropriated money will equal or exceed the actual cost of benefits.  The job call is out for tens of thousands of auditors and overseers to watch it happening.  The cost of the auditors will reduce the amount actually reaching medical facilities and health care personnel.

Responding to a request from House and Senate Republicans, Richard S. Foster, the Chief Actuary at Health and Human Services said, “In your letter, you requested that we provide the updated actuarial estimates in time for your review prior to the expected House debate and vote on this legislation on March 21, 2010.  I regret that my staff and I will not be able to prepare our analysis within this very tight time frame, due to the complexity of the legislation.”

He also included in his reply that the recent changes would cause expenditures for health care nationally to increase by an estimated $222,000,000,000.  That change leads to cost shifting, and price increases(Does anybody remember the reason for health care reform?  It was to reduce the costs of health care.) The changes also affect doctors’ willingness to treat patients covered by the plan.  Knowing that government reimbursement will be only pennies on the dollar, many say they will not accept new patients.  Limiting access and services seems to be the way of the future with the passage of this bill.

So, if I’m reading this right, ranking individuals within the administration are now inadvertently confirming the suspicions of many citizens.  Setting aside any debates over abortion, illegal alien coverage and other costly insanities, the issue of fewer doctors and fewer facilities to treat our broken bones and maladies should be concerning enough for people to review their consent of this bill.

This bill, as currently written, will be the rough equivalent of a discount chain retail store.  These stores generally offer a selection of products made in foreign lands, often by children or enslaved workers.  The public accepts that the rapidly made, mass produced products have a limited durability or longevity.  The customer service personnel in these outlets are most often friendly and well meaning but paid less than their generally better educated or more knowledgeable counterparts working in full service shops receive.  Since we know that, we recognize and expect limited service.  The business model for discount stores is volume, not quality!  That is exactly what we will all be getting with government intervention into our health.  If there are any differences, they will be that the volume is in question with fewer providers and any cost savings in medical care will be compromised by fraud, theft, mismanagement and general corruption of the bureaucracy laden government.

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