Sunday, November 1, 2009

Health Care

This is the best plan I've seen for Health Care Reform!

Four Steps to Reform Health Care

Minority Leader John Boehner gave the GOP weekly radio address today and outlined four steps to reform health care that don't take a 1,900 page bill and trillions in taxes. Don Surber summarizes:
Number 1: Let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.

Number 2: Allow individuals, small businesses and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do today.

Number 3: Give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower healthcare costs; and

Number 4: End junk lawsuits that contribute to higher healthcare costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it’s good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.

H/T to HolyCoast


Penny said...

Sounds good to me! But much too logical for Washington, I'm afraid. :(

jojo said...

Yeah! something we finally agree on! Sounds good now how can we get 'them' to listen...

Anonymous said...

Makes sense. I do believe Americans shouldn't fear a system like Britain's NHS though. At the end of the day all it is is an insurance scheme on a massive scale. We pay in an amount related to earnings each month (we pay half the amount here that we did when we lived in the US) and for that all medical treatment is free at the point of need (apart from prescriptions for working adults). It's not perfect - many services such as cleaning and parking lots have been outsourced, and bloated management needs to be curtailed - but the sheer size of the organisation keeps drug prices down and attracts world class researchers and physicians.

I know that many Americans fear "big government" - fair comment. But at least you have a say in electing your government and can participate in government. Private companies have to pay out to their shareholders and "fat cat" execs before taking responsibility for the people who pay them. You can switch insurers .... but if they don't compete on price and can hike your premiums due to "pre-existing conditions" then switching doesn't help.

I love your blog BTW, it always gives me food for thought :o)