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LETTER: Keep government out of health care

Saturday, August 29, 2009 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 11:08 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ten trillion dollars is not what I want to pass on to my grandchildren. Eighty-five percent of Americans have insurance and are happy with it. Let's not change everything for 15 percent . A government option will kill competition.

Is the post office run well? Is the Department of Veterans Affairs run well? Is Medicare going to run out of money? Why would anyone want government involved in anything? Has President Barack Obama said Medicare payments will be reduced? It is hard enough now to find general practitioners to accept Medicare clients.

Reform health, but don't kill the goose.

 

 


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Ro Sila September 3, 2009 | 7:28 a.m.

First, let's stop confusing health insurance with health care. Health care is to keep people well and heal those who are not. Health insurance is to impede access to health care so company executives can make obscene amounts of money.

Second, the government already has a "health care" system that's in the toilet. If Obama has such great ideas, give him and his cabel two years to fix the VA. They already have a so-called system, workers, buildings, and a mission. They should be 2/3 of the way to a working VA that meets its mission. If they can fix that, THEN we can talk about this "brain trust" getting a try at health care reform. Until then, hands off!

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John Schultz September 3, 2009 | 8:46 a.m.

So the obvious solution is for all of us to drop our health insurance to keep these greedy companies from getting their mitts on our moolah?

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Ro Sila September 3, 2009 | 5:49 p.m.

Apparently Mr. Schultz has a problem with his reading skills. Obama is touting his legislation as health care reform when it is health insurance support. They are not the same thing. Not even close.

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John Schultz September 3, 2009 | 6:04 p.m.

In case your listening skills aren't up to snuff, Obama has been calling for health insurance reform, not healthcare reform, for the past month. I'm well aware of the sleight of hand he is perpetrating.

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Ro Sila September 4, 2009 | 3:37 p.m.

And yet you choose to debate health care vs. insurance instead of what I think is a reasonable challenge. God forbid the VA under Obama's people should actually get any worse, but think what that would mean for the rest of us if these "know-nothings" get free rein on our entire medical system. Let them prove they can do something right before they get the keys to the kingdom (and cash register). Or do you still want to debate health care vs. insurance?

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Ray Shapiro September 4, 2009 | 4:06 p.m.

("A provision in the MMA, termed the “noninterference” provision, prevents the
federal government from acting as a third party by negotiating the prices that the
drugs plans would pay to pharmaceutical manufacturers. Both the new Speaker of
the House and new Senate Majority Leader have reportedly expressed their support
for repealing the “noninterference” provision, and regard it as a priority for
consideration in the 110th Congress. Should the provision be repealed, Congress may
wish to provide guidance on how it expects prices to be negotiated. In order to
clarify and inform the debate, this report provides an overview of the pharmaceutical
pricing policies used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicaid —
the largest federal purchasers of prescription drugs, other than Medicare.
NEHCEP’s mission is to develop and apply systems and industrial engineering methods similar to those used successfully in automotive and other industries to create efficient, safe, effective, and reliable health care processes.")
http://lieberman.senate.gov/documents/cr...
("...VA centers of excellence...
NEHCEP’s mission is to develop and apply systems and industrial engineering methods similar to those used successfully in automotive and other industries to create efficient, safe, effective, and reliable health care processes.")
http://www.northeastern.edu/news/stories...
Medicare Cuts Could Cost More In Long Run
http://medicare-medicaid.com/medicare/me...

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Ro Sila September 4, 2009 | 7:08 p.m.

Another nonanswer.

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Ray Shapiro September 4, 2009 | 8:19 p.m.

Rios:
If you're asking for input from me, please rephrase your question.
If you're asking for a response from someone else, call them by name.

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John Schultz September 4, 2009 | 9:49 p.m.

Ray, I think she's barking at me but missing the point I made. Seems she is wanting health care for all and not insurance reform if I'm reading between the lines correctly (witness her first comment saying insurance is to make the fat cats fatter, funny that's not my experience with my past insurance). Once Ro lays out a consistent claim, then maybe we can get somewhere.

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Ray Shapiro September 4, 2009 | 11:01 p.m.

Hey John:
I kind of figured she was trying to rope you into discussing her, as of yet, unclear preconceived stance.
I put out some interference as I thought she was in the mood to discuss what and how big government should first do better with the flawed Medicare, Medicaid, VA and other "entitlement" programs. My guess, and I could be wrong, is that some Libertarians would like to see big government out of the "entitlement" business altogether. I for one would have no problem with that if the "private sector," (United Way, nonprofits, corporate and the church arena), picked up any legitimate void caused by government withdrawal or reduction in services.
Ro: Try again.

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