Sat, 19/Aug/2017 23:52

Power of words

Some words are powerful and some are emtpy. In some great moments written and spoken words like "When in the course of human events...", "I have a dream...", "...the last full measure..." or "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." have great power to stir our very souls. It is the action surrounding the words which gives them their power and distinguishes a good speech from the great moment. If not for the action words are hollow and are quickly forgotten in the memory of time.
I have listened for well over a year to words from our political leaders from two branches of our government saying things like "We have to act now" when referring to various legislation. Yet from behind closed doors and through shady deals emerges legislation with huge amounts of graft and pork barrel spending. All of which was promised to be eliminated... there are some words without action.
This crisis mentality includes the current health bill which, in this moment of emergency, is not going to be effective for some four or five years. Why the contradiction for "hurry and pass the law just to wait"? If it truly is a crisis why not make the legislation effective immediately? Why are back-scratching deals and lobbyists needed to pass it? Why are the costs hidden from us? If it is about helping people, why not encourage open discussion and real debate? We were told, glaringly empty words, about a new, more open government and being able to read legislation prior to being passed.

If these words about health coverage have truly been about helping people let us try a few simpler things first and if they do not work we can revisit the issue in four or five years? Since we have to wait that long anyway, let's try these while we wait.
I suggest four simple steps (not thousands of pages that will be turned into hundreds of thousands over the coming years) to really helping people cut the costs to receiving medical care.

First: Get stupid regulation out of the way. There is some necesary regulation, but that is minimal. Less regulatory, useless red tape will cost health insurance companies less money to comply with such laws that makes no sense even to the politicians and beaurocrats that wrote it. This will mean lower costs of doing business thus prices will go down for everyone. The end result will be more people being able to receive insurance coverage. Another form of stupid regulation takes the form of preventing providers from competing across state borders. Allow them to compete.
Second: Allow groups of people to band together to get bulk discount rates. This will again result in more people being insured for less money out of their pockets.

Third: Keep lawyers under control. I have read of many people who, having been injured, sue for damages. They end up with a few thousand dollars while the lawyers and tax collectors get the bulk of any settlement. The I'll-sue-you culture has resulted in a sharp rise in malpractice insurance costs. Those costs then get passed on to patients as higher fees and higher rates. Some emergency rooms and private practitioner have even closed because the costs are too high. Perhaps a cap on the percentage of total award that a lawyer can receive (including damages) is appropriate. Fix this and the cost to be insured go down, way down.

Fourth: Seal our borders: north and south. This is also an issue of common sense. Illegal immigrants do not largely have insurance and use expensive emergency room visits and ambulance rides instead of simple doctor visits for things like colds. Illegal immigrance can be a hot issue on both sides. Let's look at both sides. If you agree with the side that wants to give amnesty to those who have broken the law, then we must seal the borders first or face the onslaught of law breakers pouring across the borders to take advantage of us and those already here. Let us learn from the rank corruption and fraud that happened in the '80s when congress passed such amnesty. If you are on the other side of the issue and want to round them up and toss them across the border, if the borders are not sealed they will simply return. Sealing the borders is also of grave concern for our national security. Both sides and everyone in between, politically, should agree: sealing the borders will help lower health care costs. 

These four simple ideas (less regulation; group discounts; legal reform; and tight border security) will dramatically reduce costs so more people will receive care they need.

Are the words of our political leaders to be believed? Do they really want to help people or just want votes? Do they speak words we will remember in 50 or 100 years? Do they put action behind their words? If there is action, does it really match their words?




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