Thursday, March 5, 2009
Obama's Healthcare Policy = Bad Medicine!
I suppose if the new Obama Administration's health care plan tasted bad but you ended up feeling as good as Lucy Ricardo in the "Vitameatavegamin" episode it would be easier to swallow.
The idea that your health care would be dictated by the government is at the least dumb and at the worst fatal. If a sick person had to go through a government agency to receive medical care they would probably be dead two years before some bureaucrat gets to review their case.
Do we really want to leave our medical decisions to the government? What if they decide that an 80 year old that needs a transplant shouldn't get it because they would "only" live for an extra few years and the money would be better spent on a younger recipient? Are you comfortable for a government agency making quality of life judgements for you?
And just where is the money going to come from? President Obama is proposing to set aside $634 billion for health care reform over the next 10 years by raising taxes on the wealthy and cutting Medicare costs.
Obama proposes to cut the charitable giving deduction for families earning over $250,000 from 35% to 28% and using that money to help fund his plan. Think of it this way, as the tax laws stand now, a couple who gives $10,000 to charity gets a deduction credit of $3,500. If Obama's plan goes ahead that same couple will receive a maximum deduction of $2,800. Will this have any effect on charitable giving? I hope not but in reality it probably will.
But the worst aspect of BHO's plan is that it will in effect make government and the private health care compete for a finite amount of health care dollars. And what's more, the new plan would shrink payments to Medicare by $316 billion. That's the system that funds health care to the elderly and disabled.
There are three parts to the President's plan:
1. Quality, Affordable & Portable Health Coverage For All.
2. Modernizing The U.S. Health Care System To Lower Costs & Improve Quality.
3. Promoting Prevention & Strengthening Public Health.
All lofty goals. But realistic? I think not. He says the plan will save families about $2,500/year. Yeah, OK. I'll wait for that just like I'm still waiting for Governor Coupe Deval's "middle class tax cut" that he promised before becoming governor.
Me? For now I'll just keep on taking my happy pills and hope this is all just either a poorly written movie or a very disturbing nightmare that I hope I'll wake up from someday.