“The first is it's unnecessary. Advocates say a government-run insurance program is needed to provide competition for private health insurance. But 1,300 companies sell health insurance plans.”
There may be 1,300 companies, but the simple truth is if your employer doesn’t offer health insurance, you can’t get a real plan. I’ve tried as a self-employed person to get Health Insurance and went to several legitimate companies filled out the forms and never heard back from them.
Looking at the other Insurance Companies, I did a simple test I called around to see if doctors, dentists and optometrists took their Insurance. Turned out my only options were Insurance companies that offered policies that no one in the healthcare industry would take.
That is not competition when your choice is only companies that are offering coverage that is worthless.
“Second, a public option will undercut private insurers and pass the tab to taxpayers and health providers just as it does in existing government-run programs.”
We currently pay 6 times per capita what other industrialized countries pay for healthcare and are near the bottom of list as far as effectiveness. So what Karl is saying here is there is no way private industry can compete with the Federal Government especially if the Government has to take all the sick people that the Private Insurance Companies refuse to take. Because obviously there is no room to save money by being more efficient, like only spending 5 times per capita what other nations spend.
Oh, and my heart just goes out to all those private insurance companies that refuse to cover me.
“Third, government-run health insurance would crater the private insurance market, forcing most Americans onto the government plan.”
Yes, The Americans who are self-employed that the private insurance companies won’t cover, the Americans who work at small companies where one employee with an expensive illness makes insurance too expensive for the rest of the workers, The 1.5 million Americans a year who lose their homes because their insurance companies won’t cover their medical bills, the 20,000 people a year that die because their insurance companies deny them life saving treatments.
Yes, those people will be forced onto the government plan because Private Insurance Companies won’t cover them.
“Fourth, the public option is far too expensive”
Compared to what? Compared to the fact that Factories will not open up in America because healthcare costs make it too expensive to operate here in America.
Compared to the loss to the economy that 1.5 million foreclosed homes causes when they drag down the housing market?
Compared to the number of small businesses that are being crushed as healthcare costs overtake profits.
Compared to the loss of spending capital that someone making $30,000 a year loses when they are spending $12,000 on health insurance?
What exactly is it too expensive in comparison to, Karl never does explain.
“Fifth, the public option puts government firmly in the middle of the relationship between patients and their doctors”
Just like how the Government is firmly in the middle of my relationship with my mom, because we send letters through the mail.
Look everyone has had to deal with government red tape, and everyone has had to deal with private industry red tape. The difference is when dealing with the government the person at the bottom will try and help you the best they can then switch you up to the next rung on the ladder. It’s irritating but when dealing with the government you can at least make some headway if you have the patience.
When dealing with a large private institution (like the bank that holds my mortgage), the person on the bottom will tell you what is on their computers screen and if it doesn’t help refuse to let you speak to anyone higher up.
The Government is required to be transparent with their decisions, they aren’t always, but at least they need to go through the motions and if enough people demand that they show the reason for their decision they will eventually.
Private Companies have no such requirement when they get in the middle of your relationship with your doctor.
Karl Rove’s arguments are just stupid, but to really delve into the mouth of idioticy I must turn to someone I can always count on to be a total idiot but at least knows the basic rules of grammar (unlike Ann Coulter), Larry Elder
“What about personal behavior? Obesity leads to serious health problems, including heart disease. One-third of Americans are obese — almost 50 percent more than the British and Australians, over 100 percent more than the Canadians and Germans, about 250 percent more than the French and 1,000 percent more than the Japanese.
“So don't blame the "broken health care system" for lower life expectancies. American health care actually helps us cope with the consequences of unhealthy lifestyles, keeping our ranking from being even lower.”
So are healthcare costs are high because Americans are denied access to preventative care (like nutritionists and real weight-loss doctors) so therefore we shouldn’t blame the system that denies preventative care to Americans for high costs.
You can’t argue with that logic, you can only shake your head and back away slowly, taking care not to make any sudden moves.
The reason that opponents of giving Americans a choice in healthcare sound like idiots is that they are totally in the wrong.
The simple fact is, if an invading Army came in and killed 20,000 Americans, forced 1.5 Million people out of their homes and stole 2.5 Trillion Dollars of America’s wealth, we would demand action. Any Politician who helped them would be found guilty of treason and hanged in a public square. Yet we allow the healthcare industry to do that every year.