Alex Miller for U.S. Senate
Issues in Health Care Reform
The general consensus that I am picking up is that there are four major problems with the health care bill that is now law. Health care reform is being forced upon us, it is a precursor to a single payer system, cost is addressed with price fixing, and, as presented, it is unconstitutional.
The first problem is that health care reform is being forced upon us without discussion or representation from us. Laws passed under cover of darkness or in locked smoke free rooms, far from the prying eyes of the electorate, have something to hide. Democrats do have a majority, but they were elected to represent everyone, not just the special interest. Legislation so expensive, far reaching and fraught with peril should be brought forth and discussed until at least a large majority of citizens support it. If it has merit, we, the citizens, will see it, be able to explain it, and embrace it. But to have it written by the very people being vilified by the party pushing it, passed without discussion by a bare minimum of votes and a surfeit of trickery, beggars the imagination as to the level of chutzpah that must exist to believe we still trust them to represent us. How often have imposed laws been to the advantage of the populace?
The second problem is the move toward a single payer system. The notion proposed is that having a single payer will increase competition and reduce cost. To seriously discuss nonsense is to be deeply involved in politics. Exchanging the vast tapestry of insurance companies and self insurers for one government agency eliminates all competition. How can this be said in a manner that will make it clear that we know they are lying? If we eliminate all competition amongst the payers, what is the remaining payer’s incentive to pay my health bill? Given no competition from other payers for premiums, and no alternative for patients, why should a single payer pay a single dollar for me? Extreme, but understand the point. Health care delivery will be doled out to political supporters, connected individuals and party favorites, but denied to the average citizen to save cost. When the very premise of an argument is a lie, why should we support it?
With only one payer in the game, it is proposed that: The government can dictate prices for services. That doctors, nurses and support staff will work for whatever the government decides to pay. Health care is a generic product, devoid of variation in quality and effectiveness, that is all priced the same. You will work for whatever the government tells you to, won’t you? And so too will doctors and nurses. Rather than apply their talents and abilities elsewhere, the best doctors and nurses will stay in a system where a party member dictates their patient load and payment. Or not. Does this not deny all semblance of being American, of being free? When have wage and price controls ever worked (and don’t tell me how successful Nixon was with his!)
There has been a long standing policy and effort on the part of the political elite to marginalize, trivialize and bastardize the Constitution of the United States whenever it interfered with their self interest (which of late has been constantly.) The Constitution is the design upon which the most successful country and economy that the world has ever seen was based. It is the succinct summation of the lessons learned since the first experiments with democracy in ancient Greece. Untold generations of the smartest, best educated people in the world, contributed ideas that culminated in one small document that has given more freedom, prosperity and opportunity to more people than any institution ever. The objection to health care that is voiced in my hearing is that the self serving, poorly educated boobs in the government seek to ignore the wisdom of the Constitution in the method by which the law is passed, and in the law itself. We are driving the Cadillac of freedom, why revert to the wheel barrow of statism?
Opposition charges that this is a huge power grab by the same elite that politicians are supposed to be so wary of, seem quite plausible. This round of health care reform is a blight upon the reputation of the United States and I am ashamed of it. This whole notion needs to be scrapped and begun anew and this time should be written by the peoples’ representatives, not the moneyed elite.
Alex Miller U.S. Senate