The Politics of Fearing Rationing

“Those defending the House legislation claim rationing is not in any of its versions…[but] the unprecedented power this legislation would grant to virtually unaccountable government agencies is all but certain to lead to rationing.”

Let me start of by saying that the phrase “death panel” is ridiculous and stupid. Ridiculous for the various ways it’s been debunked, and stupid because we all know what comes next…NBC News and everyone else on Journ-o-list then tarring every criticism of ObamaCare as being entirely aboot these fictional “death panels.” That said, it’s not illegitimate to raise concerns aboot health care rationing.

Rationing is a little personal for me, because one of the things frequently discussed when it comes to rationing are experimental medicines. My mother is a breast cancer survivor, and had it not been for experimental medicine she might be dead right now. And when no one is really sure what’s in the bill, and when part of the Den game plan has always been to say one thing than do the other (see recent comments from Barney Frank and Michael Moore, plus Tom Daschle’s recent book “Critical”) arguments like these are valid…

The most critical test of any reform proposal is whether it will empower individuals or impose on them. It is a fact that the leading bills in Congress would increase the power of government and decrease individual freedom. You cannot spend an additional $1 trillion of taxpayer money and reduce the role of government. You will get new bureaucracies, more regulation, more complexity. That means you will have less control of your healthcare.

Disagree? Just read the versions of healthcare legislation:H.R.3200 in the House. One key proposal is to mandate an “essential benefit package” for every private insurance policy sold in the United States. Currently, individuals and employers usually make these coverage decisions. This legislation creates a new federal Health Benefits Advisory Committee that would decide instead. For example, if you are a single male with no children, the legislation still requires you to have maternity benefits and well-baby and well-child care coverage. You don’t want or don’t need that coverage? Sorry, you have to pay for it anyway.

Other planned agencies would give the federal government unprecedented and unaccountable control over your healthcare. The so-called Health Choices Administration and the National Health Insurance Exchange would set various standards for all health insurance policies. The president is also pushing for another new agency called the Independent Medicare Advisory Council. Described as a cost-control initiative,it would be made up of five government appointees who would, by determining Medicare reimbursement amounts, in essence decide what would be covered and what would not. The fear of government rationing is based on the premise that once government has such power, especially the ability to control what is covered by your private insurance policy, it also has the power to deny and restrict.

The editorial in question also goes in to more effective ways to reform health care…you know, the reforms the D’s claim we don’t care aboot and have no ideas on. If we want an honest debate, let’s have an honest debate.

No, screaming and “death panels” aren’t productive.

Neither are sending union thugs to assault protesters, or dismissing valid concerns just because they’re inconvenient for you to answer.

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One thought on “The Politics of Fearing Rationing”

  1. All obama will do is outsource anyways. Just think about the all the lobbyists flocking to Washington DC because of obama’s reckless over-spending of $2 TRILLION in just 6 months, which alone is increasing the National Debt by 20%.

    Politicians take people’s money and reward the large corporations, in this case companies in the health care industry, since they have the money to more effectively lobby politicians. In the end smaller businesses will be hurt.

    Politicians will only reward companies that will be in their best political interest. Honestly, when can you really trust politicians since they are basically professional liars, and being president just means you are the best liar of the time. Why not just give the money directly from the people to the companies and take politicians in government out of the equation?

    obama is going to recklessly spend TRILLIONS of tax payers’ money just to give insurance to about 25% of those who do not have it. Over 50% of people’s income go towards taxes, just imagine how many more people will afford health care insurance if their income is almost doubled because of dramatic tax cuts.

    Competition is what is needed. It lowers prices of products and services, along with developing new innovations. All of which will benefit consumers. You need to remember that monopolistic tendencies can also apply to government.

    The reason why the cost of insurance is high is because politicians in government mandate insurance companies to increase their premiums to pay for ridiculous things. In addition, politicians put up regulations so that Americans are not allowed to get insurance from another state and use the coverage in their own state. This reduces competition making it more expensive for people to get insurance. On top of that medical professionals are not allowed to freely practice their profession in any US state without taking a long and tedious licensing process. This again increases the cost of medical insurance.

    In the end, the problem with most economic issues is too much government intervention of the economy by politicians, who will only tend to do things for political self interest. Just like how obama nationalized GM to pander to its unions. Politicians can barely run government, yet people think they can run a multi-national auto manufacturing company?

    The solution is SMALLER government, LESS spending, and LOWER taxes.

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