Death Panels and Health Care Reform

The GOP, the party of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) and the status quo,  is doing everything it can to undermine health care reform.  The GOP considers that any health care reform that passes will be a defeat for the party rather than a win for America.

The GOP knows that by employing FUD they have a formula to maintain the status quo and give themselves a shot at being relevant again.  The GOP has announced that any health care legislation passed would undermine their stated mission of retaking Congress and the White House.

The GOP is serious when they say they want President Obama (and, by inference, the United States) to fail so the GOP will look more appealing in the 2010 and 2012 elections.  The GOP believes that if everyone has access to health care, the GOP will become an even more irrelevant, inconsequential minority party and remain there for years to come. 

Public Option

This morning I learned why the “public option” is so intimidating to the GOP:  if there was a public health care insurance option that is cheaper than what is presently available, businesses might migrate to the less expensive plans leaving the current insurance industry in shambles. But, isn’t it also a possibility that a more level playing field would be created for consumers resulting in lower prices across the board?

What is the insurance industry’s incentive to be more competitive today?  There really isn’t one.  Competition is certainly an incentive.

  • A colleague of mine in Maine (who is in the insurance field as an independent consultant) stated that not too many years ago, there were 40 health insurance companies competing there.  Now, there are 3.  And, what’s happened to insurance costs?  They consistently exceed the rate of inflation.
  • My health insurance went up 18% this year.  Explanation?  None.  Value-add to me?  None.
  • I just spoke with a business owner in Massachusetts who said her business health insurance is going up 30% this year.  No change in coverage, risk, number of employees, etc.  The bill is simply going up 30%.

So, the really big concern about a “public option” isn’t so much the “public option” as it is a concern that the present health insurers won’t be able to compete with the public option.  Isn’t that interesting!  Just who do our Congressional representatives work for?  Their constituents or insurance companies who held them fund their reelection campaigns?

And, the GOP says we don’t have a problem?  Where are their facts that counter what I’ve just stated above?  Oh, they don’t need facts–they just need FUD and status quo.

Death Panels

The notion of death panels was invented by a woman who is a paid advocate for the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries to scare the heck out of people–FUD.  She’s done her job–earned her fee.  Her lies have fueled vast quantities of FUD.

It is clear a lot of people aren’t thinking–they are just reacting. The GOP loves to go after the more gullible in our midst–that is who the “death panel” message was intended for.  Apparently, the most gullible in our midst include Sarah Palin and her supporters as they jumped on the “death panel” bandwagon like a moth to a bug light.  Yes, Sarah, it would be appalling to think that your parents and Trig might be put to death by President Obama’s “Death Panels.”  And, that’s why such a plan has never been raised except in the minds of those who love to create FUD.

Does the GOP think that Death Panels would be more like “America’s Got Talent” where an individual in need of health care would get up on stage,  a panel would hear an individual’s case and render a decision about whether they get health care or not–a thumbs up or thumbs down verdict right then and there?  Or, does the GOP think it would work more like American Idol where actual viewers would get to decide overnight and we’d get a decision the very next evening?

Are people really stupid enough to think that the greatest nation on earth would indulge in such reprehensible bull crap as death panels?  Seriously?  Wake up!!

America’s Health Care System

The US health care system is ranked #19 in the world.  It’s not #1 in the world as some politicians would have you believe. So, the next time you hear that we have the best there is, know that it’s not true and not even close.  It’s got systemic problems that need to be fixed.

The US cannot continue to live with the status quo.  If you need to understand why we need to fix it, read Barack Obama’s Op-Ed piece in the New York Times published 16AUG09.

What do you think?

Democrat Dave

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