Here are three questions that our representatives in Congress should answer before they vote on national health care:
1. The Congressional Budget Office has said the proposed government takeover of health care could cost $1.6 trillion. Other estimates put the cost much higher. Various officials have proposed raising taxes on soda and alcohol, a higher payroll tax, taxing current employer-provided health plans and even a new national sales tax to fund this massive government program. Do you support any of these middle-class tax hikes to fund government-run health care? If not, how would you pay for it?
2. Under President Obama’s plan, can you guarantee that I would get to keep my current health-care plan and doctor?
3. Provisions in the Obama plan call for “comparative effectiveness research” to be used to decrease costs. “Savings” are achieved by denying treatments based on criteria such as cost, a patient’s health or a patient’s age. Treatment would be decided by a national health-care board appointed by the president. Can you guarantee that a new government plan will not deny care to individuals in order to control costs?
Folks, there is no “Obama Health Care Plan.” There are cobbled-together pieces of plans being tossed at the Congressional Budget Office to determine which combinations will end up costing a trillion or more. In theory, we’ll have Medicare for all. Sounds good. Private insurers will offer various supplemental plans. Seems fair.
Will this really result in “more health care” or be “less expensive?” Ask yourself, “Of all the federal entitlement programs, which one is hurtling fastest toward bankruptcy?” OK. Fine. Let’s change what the vast majority are currently happy or satisfied with. Let’s hope it works.
“Hope” and “change” — that’s what 53 percent voted for last November.