For over a year I have been listening to the arguments about health care reform from Congressmen and women, from pundits and from commentators across the spectrum yet none to date have come forth with a simple, comprehensive and workable plan on how to reform health care and actually save us and the US instead of bankrupting both.
The Democrats have totally lost touch with reality while the Republicans often seem like one trick ponies who are so busy talking they quit listening or thinking. As I sit here today, no one really knows what’s in the 2,000 pages of the Democrat bill besides a testament to complete corruption of the system. Likewise, I have yet to hear from the Republicans with more than beating the portability and tort reform drum, both good ideas but certainly not enough to actually reform the system in a meaningful way.
I’m a consumer of medical care and medical insurance. No surprise there. There is a lot to like and quite a bit I don’t like. Why isn’t anyone trying to fix the things I don’t like? For example, I don’t like arriving on time for a doctor’s appointment and having to wait 45 minutes to see him. Where’s the fix for this?
I don’t like being in a health insurance plan (not employer provided) and having the premiums jacked up every year because of claims but not being able to change groups because of the amount of claims we are making. I can just see all the folks who are really healthy and never use their deductible fleeing the group my wife is in leaving only those who are making claims to share the burden. That’s how a 40 year old woman can wind up paying nearly $1,000 a month for what was high deductible insurance for less than $200 a month 10 years earlier. I don’t see anyone proposing a solution to this.
I get really steamed when I read how illegal aliens are using emergency rooms for basic urgent care because they know they can get it free. I doubt they even know, let alone care that a visit to the emergency room, for even a minor ailment or first aid costs $1,000 or more. Neither do they care that their combined sucking off the system is driving up the costs to all the rest of us. Just because it’s free to them, doesn’t mean it’s free. The only thing that’s free when it comes to health care is the kiss a mother puts on her child’s owie.
Now Obama has decided to give it yet another shot and called for all the Bozos in Congress to get together to see how many political points he can score while trying to hammer out something 60 Senators and the majority of the House can agree on. At the same time, all I see from the Republicans is their posturing as well. If they only had a cohesive, simple to understand plan that would save us money, they wouldn’t need to posture.
I have been thinking about this health care situation for years as a consumer and as a journalist. I finally decided that I could come up with a better solution than the 535 self absorbed and corrupted egos that occupy the hallowed halls of Congress. After all, I don’t have to worry about being re-elected nor do I have big pharma, the unions and the trial lawyers with their open checkbooks sitting on my desk.
It’s a grand total of 11 pages long including a cover page and a table of contents so it’s really only got 9 pages of text for you to get through. I will give you the Readers Digest condensed version here. I am proud of it and I think you will like it too. It has some familiar stuff in it like tort reform but it’s got some new twists that I have not heard mentioned. It’s simple and it’s based upon the free market. Here are some of the basics:
- Eliminate Punitive Damages from Medical Malpractice Suits
- Double the Supply of MD’s and Nurse Practitioners (No one’s talking about this)
- Establish Privately run Community Health Care Clinics
- Establish “Clinic Care” health insurance
- Significantly Increase Criminal Enforcement against Medicare, Medicaid and Health Insurance Fraud
Now, here’s the catch. Posting the Common Sense Prescription for Health Care Reform on my blog is not going to get anyone in Congress to pay attention… not without your help. I am only one voice in the darkness. However, that’s the beauty of the internet. Together, we can actually make an impact. You know our collective futures hang in the balance and I am totally convinced that we cannot leave something this important to Congress alone. Neither is protesting alone enough. We need to give them the answers too then demand they implement them. If we do this, we will be heard. Remember, we surround them. They just need to be reminded. Will you help them hear our collective voices?
Here’s what you can do. Download this plan for sensible reform and read it over. If you agree, sign my petition. The more signatures, the more power we have. A thousand signatures would be a good start but we need a million or more. We can do this! Then forward a link to this post to all your friends or better yet to your network. Send out a call to action. Then using the links on the front page of this plan, contact your Senators and Representatives and give them the link as well and tell them you want them to see a simple plan that will work and will save a lot of money.
Listen, if those mindless viral hoax emails about $200 cookie recipes or Microsoft sending you free money can hit millions of in boxes, certainly something as important as a common sense way to fix health care is worth a few minutes of your time. I won’t promise you that you will have good luck or find love or riches if you forward an email to 10 friends but I can assure you if we leave health care reform to those clowns while we sit on our hands complaining about the corruption and ineptness of it all, then we will get what we deserve. It’s time to take a stand. If now now… when? If not you… who? God Bless you and God Bless America! If you like this article or this blog, please take the time to share it with a friend or your network.
A PETITION FOR COMMON SENSE HEALTH CARE REFORM