Is there anything the government can run better than the private sector…besides abject failure?

healthcare

With the nigh unbelievable power grab the Federal Government is blundering their way through with regards to Obamacare and the dangers to liberty that the notion of forcing people to buy something simply for being alive entail, you would think SOMEONE would have figured out a better way.

I’m not going to say that someone is me, but I did take a little looky loo around and have discovered plenty of ways to improve healthcare in America without gutting individual freedom and enacting a bloated bureacratic nightmare that allows the federal government metaphorically give you a colonoscopy.

The following ideas are so simple that it boggles the mind that ELEVEN THOUSAND pages of regulations were needed for Obamacare.

Here are five simple solutions to improve health care in America that would only require Americans to bend over for their proctologist:

  1. Insurance without borders.  Currently we have pigeon holed insurance companies to only sell insurance on a state by state level.  This interference in free market capitlaism is why a healthy 25 year old guy in New Jersey spends SIX times as much on health insurance as he would if he lived in Kentucky.  Not only would this save money for the buyer but also the competition would make it cheaper for businesses to insure their employees as well.  Also, with insurance companies having to compete with business across the country, service goes up while prices go down.
  2. Insurance paid before the taxman.  Businesses get to buy insurance with their gross profits before taxes are taken out, individuals should get the same privilege.  Of course, the government would get a smaller cut of the pie and I guess since regular people don’t lobby as well as big business they don’t get the benefit therein.
  3. Encourage Health Savings Accounts.  People will spend and control THEIR money more wisely than a third party.  When you spend your own money you ask questions like how much and do I need this?  As such frivolous tests and procedures will plummet.  HSA’s will also encourage young people who think they are invincible to get coverage as the HSA will roll over from year to year and eventually can be put into a retirement fund if never used.  If they are assured they won’t LOSE the money they are more apt to buy-in for the unforeseeable.
  4. End predatory medical litigation.  Pass legislation that actually protects doctors when through no fault of their own people die.  Sure, malpractice is still malpractice but ambulance chasers who want to roll the dice and get a jury who feels that a sob story will win them money even though the doctor did everything right is gutting the system.  Frivolous lawsuits drive doctors away from their practices and the ones that remain too often “play it safe” and practice defensive medicine.  Eliminating the frivolous lawsuits while still allowing claims on negligence to go forward raises care and lowers cost.
  5. Cover the uninsured.  Last year the number of uninsured American’s was about 15%.  So far Obamacare has resulted in an additional 5 MILLLION people having their insurance cancelled and it hasn’t even fully gone into effect as businesses have until next year before they have to follow suit.  Yet, is the 15% too great a number to handle without some juggernaut slug of a government program?  It’s not.  By enacting the previous 4 measures and supplementing it with tax credits the uninsured could easily become insured if that is their choice.  Why?  Because health care would become easy to get and be more affordable.  Two things Obamacare most assuredly is not.

Why is Obamacare so bad?  A few reasons.  First, by signing up you forgo your right to privacy.  It’s in the fine print, so now the government has even MORE access to your personal information.  As if the warrantless wiretaps and NSA spying wasn’t bad enough.  Now we’re just GIVING them access.

Also, Obamacare is like most government programs, bloated, slow moving, and a money pit with no accountability for those in charge of it.  How many businesses do you know would still be in business if it operated like the Federal Government?

As an example, the government has spent YEARS and MILLIONS on their Obamacare website and it has failed in spectacular fashion.  Meanwhile, three 20-year old guys from San Francisco have produced a working website for Obamacare with no glitches in a matter of days for free.  You can read that story at Conservativebyte.com

The five measures I brought up cover the heavy lifting to the problem.  Couple it with the spit and polish of American ingenuity and exceptionalism of its private citizens and we have a shiny new healthcare system that works and gives coverage to anyone who wants it.

As Ronald Reagan so famously said:

“Government is not the solution to our (healthcare) problem; government is the problem.”

  • “Government messes up everything it touches. That is why the founders put so many limits on it.”

    Obviously those limits didn’t amount to a hill of beans. Libertarian attorney Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) wrote that the Constitution “has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it.” (Lysander Spooner, No Treason, No. 7, The Constitution of No Authority)

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    “…3. Every problem America faces today can be traced back to the fact that the framers failed to expressly establish a government upon Yahweh’s immutable morality as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments. (Would infanticide and sodomy be tolerated, let alone
    financed by the government, if Yahweh’s perfect law and altogether righteous judgments were the law of the land? Would Islam be a looming threat to our peace and security if the First Amendment had been replaced with the First Commandment? Would Americans be in nearly as much debt if usury had been outlawed as a form of theft? Would crime be as rampant if “cruel and unusual punishment” had not been outlawed and criminals were instead punished with Yahweh’s altogether righteous judgments? Would we be on the fiscal cliff if we were taxed with a flat increase tax rather than a graduated income tax?)….”

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    • truepatriotintx

      You are correct. If the country were firmly originated on Biblical Principles rather than man’s judgment, we may not be where we are today. But remember, Satan is the prince of this world and his power in the world would have prevailed, regardless. I firmly believe this. We had a good run, but we allowed the pits of hell to invade our government, our schools, our churches and now our White House. We are living in those end days. The question is how long will they last?

      • Thank you for responding.

        Regardless of satan, our job remains the same and according to Christ in Matthew 5:13, when Christians shirk their responsibilities, we become salt that’s lost its savor, good for nothing but to be trampled under the foot of man. A better description of contemporary Christianity would be difficult to come up with, which is more often than not so heavenly-minded (and Satan-focused), that they are failing as both salt of the EARTH and light to the WORLD.

  • danclamage

    Every one of your first four ideas, I’ve been saying since 2008. Nobody listens to me, I guess.

  • truepatriotintx

    Republicans have put forth at least 4 plans with most of the items on it. The dems won’t even look at them. All common-sense, market-driven solutions, which goes against the grain of the liberal mindset, so they will never consider it.
    We have to take our government back, repeal this entire monstrous law and implement these common-sense solutions to a nation-wide problem.
    How many “successful” programs has the Federal Govt ever run? Answer: ZERO.
    Why do we continue to let them try?