It has been one year since Obamacare was passed. So far, it hasn't cured cancer or the common cold, righted all wrongs, or provided a Fountain of Youth for all who seek it. The way it was sold by its supporters and believed in by the uninformed, we should have expected no less for the cost.
Newt Gingrich, John Goodman and James Capretta have an excellent idea for a suitable gift to the American people for such an occasion -- REPEAL.
In the year since this monstrosity was passed, the details that keep coming to light prove only that it is an expensive burden for the American people that will do nothing to solve the problems of the current system. In fact, it will make matters worse.
But we have evolved into an entitlement culture, dependent upon government rather than ourselves to solve every problem in every nook and cranny of our lives. Those who look to the government for the solution to every problem must not mind bureaucracy and mediocrity so long as they get their "free money" and "free health care." When asked, most haven't a clue as to where the money comes from and apparently could not care less.
According to the Gingrich, Goodman, Capretta article, "ObamaCare did nothing to address the relentless march of ever-rising health care costs. Unless the courts decisively conclude that the individual mandate — and perhaps even the entire law — is unconstitutional, ObamaCare will force most Americans to purchase health insurance with premiums rising at twice the rate of growth of their incomes. To make matters worse, the new law takes away many private-sector techniques for controlling costs, like flexible benefit design and cost sharing — and actually drives up costs through an array of new regulations and requirements. ObamaCare thus locks us into the unsustainable path we are already on."
And of course, since trial lawyers are a huge source of campaign cash for Obama and his fellow liberals, tort reform isn't a part of the solution. Not addressing medical malpractice issues in any so-called solution for America's health care woes just doesn't pass the straight face test. Real medical malpractice reform, loser pays, etc., will do more to help bring down health care costs than nearly any other option.
Health care needs vary from individual to individual and even then, needs change during the course of one's life. One of the best solutions that was belittled by Obama and others was the proposal to create Medical Savings Accounts. This way, medical costs are handled by each individual for whatever individual needs arise and as situations change, coverage does not then become obsolete.
The two solutions that the Gingrich, Goodman, Capretta article support, a flexible, generous tax subsidy and allowing cross-state purchasing of health insurance, would expand the base of coverage, but without true medical malpractice reform and Medical Savings Accounts, the costs won't be substantially lowered.
The biggest problem with an entitlement culture is that a lot of folks feel entitled to a lot of things but when the bill comes for the laundry list of entitlements, not a lot of folks seem to feel entitled to whip out the wallet and pay the bill. The same folks keep getting stuck with the check over and over again.
My almost-ten-year-old son said to me today, "Mom, how come President Obama thinks that taking money from us and giving it to other people is going to help us or them? I know there are people hurting out there right now but taking people's money away to give to someone else is only going to make more poor people."
If only liberals could grasp the concept.