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Three Key Lessons on a Govt Health Care System

From a foreigner.

Eline van den Broek points out the fallacy of Obama’s plan to “fix” the health care system.

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Healthcare: Current system vs. Obamacare

House Democrats finally released their version of Obamacare a couple of days ago–all 1,018 pages of it.  Cost estimates I’ve seen range from $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion with huge taxes to be imposed on businesses to attempt to pay for the monstrous program. It’s bad enough they either don’t care or don’t get the fact that raising taxes in the midst of the worst recession in decades is a bad idea, but it gets worse when you see what we’ll get for our $1 trillion plus investment.

Republicans in the House were thoughtful enough to create the following diagram based on the Democrats’ plan.  It shows just how complicated navigation of such a system will be.

Now, I thought it would be a good idea to contrast this with the current system.  Because I’ve paid for my own health insurance for years now.  I don’t get it through my employer because it’s cheaper for me to buy an individual plan.  How do I afford it you ask?  I prioritize.  We have one 27 inch television in the house that I paid ~$400 for.  I buy used cars and pay cash for them–no car payments, only need liability insurance.  I mow my own lawn and basically do just about anything I can for myself instead of hiring it done.  It’s all about priorities.  I’ve known too many people who have bass boats, brand new cars, and 4 wheelers, but can’t afford health insurance.  Yeah right.  Priorities.

Anyway, here’s a look at the current system I deal with when I buy my own health insurance.

I don’t want to navigate the labyrinth and red tape to be created by Obama’s plan.  Do you?

July 16, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

So you think you’ll like Obamacare?

This guy probably did too…but then he fell ill.  Unfortunately for him, he’s already living with Obamacare, Canada-style.  Take a look and see how well this system really works and what we have to look forward to if it ever passes.

Think again if you’re a supporter of the the President’s health care plan!

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Obama | , , , , , | Leave a comment

’45 Million Americans’ — Who Are Those Guys? Part 2

by Larry Elder on Townhall.com

Last week’s article on why 45 million Americans go without health care insurance touched a nerve and generated many questions and assertions:

“You and your pesky statistics! Forty-five million Americans without health care is huge. And you wrote that 89 percent of the 85 percent of people with health insurance are satisfied. That means 25 percent of all Americans are unsatisfied!”

Elder: Those “pesky” statistics become especially pesky when misstated. I wrote that 45 million Americans have no health insurance, leaving 85 percent with health insurance — but not without health care. ERs must treat the uninsured, including illegal residents. Meanwhile, 89 percent of Americans — with or without insurance — are satisfied with the quality of their own health care.

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June 25, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , | 2 Comments

’45 Million Americans’ — Who Are Those Guys?

by Larry Elder on Townhall.com

About 45 million Americans lack health care insurance. Or do they?

A pro-“universal health care” television host recently cited this widely accepted “fact.” The number is bogus.

Here’s the skinny.

Start with the math. We have 300 million Americans. Subtract the 45 million — 15 percent of us — with no health insurance. That leaves 255 million Americans, or 85 percent, with it.

And the insurance is lousy, right? Not according to a 2006 ABC News/Kaiser Family Foundation/USA Today survey. It found that 89 percent of Americans were satisfied with the quality of their own health care.

Nearly half of the 45 million fall in the category of my 26-year-old nephew. He smokes cigarettes, dates, eats out, goes to movies and, like all young people, lives through his cell phone. With a slight change in priorities, he could afford health insurance, the cost of which at his age and health starts at about $100 a month. Take a look at a Reason Foundation video of interviews with a bunch of non-health-insured 20-somethings.

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June 18, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , | Leave a comment

Efficient Nationalized Healthcare? Not So Fast

by Michael Reagan on Townhall.com

President Barack Obama has undertaken the expansion of health care to the roughly 45 million Americans who do not currently have health insurance. Having about one American in seven with no health insurance is undeniably an undesirable situation which deserves our attention and concern.

This is not just a matter of compassion either, but also of practicality. About the most expensive way imaginable to deal with routine illness is to provide it in hospital emergency rooms, yet this is the only alternative for millions of people. In addition, the uninsured commonly defer getting needed treatment, and with the looming threat of infectious diseases to all our families, we are all at risk when millions go without needed treatment.

Our problem, however, lies in the dwindling supply of health care providers. Most doctors are overworked, many are underpaid. The number of doctors is increasing at a woeful 1 percent a year, and the number of available nurses has been flat for years. With an increasing population — and one that is aging as baby boomers move into their 60s — who is going to provide health care to 45 million more Americans, even if we make the wildly optimistic assumption that we could afford to pay for it?

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June 11, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Conyers (D-MI) Miffed at Smooth Talker from Chicago Now

#TCOT #diggcons

More trouble for The Smooth Talker from Chicago/Hawaii/Kenya (???)–this time from Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).  Conyers is a big proponent of socialized medicine and is spitting mad that Obama’s appointment of CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta opposes such a system.

I guess a Democratic legislator from Michigan (kingdom of the UAW) better understands the pros and cons of such a system than an accomplished brain surgeon?  Sure.

January 8, 2009 Posted by | Democrats, Obama | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama’s Phony Health Care Facts

from The Foundry

The ‘Participant Guide‘ for President-elect Barack Obama’s Potemkin ‘health care community discussions’ is includes an ‘Over of the Problem’ section that is filled with false facts. The false claims include:

“Large medical bills have contributed to half of bankruptcies and foreclosures.” This widely reported factoid simply isn’t true. Bankruptcy expert George Mason University law professor Todd Zywicki writes: “The conclusion is based on a study in Health Affairs. Reviewing the study, it appears that the estimate that 50% of bankruptcy filings are precipitated by a “serious medical problem” cannot be supported based on what that study actually examined.”

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December 26, 2008 Posted by | Obama | , , , | Leave a comment