Health care “reform” bill is immoral & won’t work

Here’s a summary of arguments against so-called health care “reform,” specifically, the Senate Bill, HR 3590.  It might be useful when contacting a member of Congress (e.g., those on the fence).   The bracketed numbers refer to the reference list at the end.  (To keep your e-mail short, you can omit the reference list and link to this post.)

1. The bill coddles insurance companies with the individual mandate, the employer mandate,subsidies, regulations and limits on competition. [1]

2. So-called “reform” is a national version of Massachusetts’ “Romney Care”, which has failed. [11]

3. The Democrats’ Health-Care Proposals Promise To Entrench The Status Quo. [13]

4. Health care is not a right, nor is it a privilege.  We have the right *to seek* health care.[3]

5. Health care reform will increase your insurance premiums. [2]

6. Middle-class taxes will increase.  [2]

7. Many people will not be able to keep their current insurance. [2]

8. It will not reduce the budget deficit. [2]

9. It’s wrong to force people to pay for other people’s health care or insurance. That’s what charity is for.

10. Insurance price controls hurt the sick & act like insurance slumlords. [4]

11. It’s wrong to force people to buy a product.

12. It’s wrong to make people’s current insurance policy (or any insurance policy) illegal – espcially HSA-qualified policies, which encourage prudent spending.  [12]

13. Mandating employer health care is more poison, not an antidote. [5]

14. Mandatory insurance punishes low-wage workers with high marginal tax rates, which keeps them poor. [6]

15. Medicaid is a fraud-ridden poverty trap that provides lousy care and increases everyone’s insurance premiums. [7] Don’t expand it. Why not let taxpayers *choose* which charities their tax dollars fund? [8]

16. Coverage is NOT care: Having insurance does not mean you get needed medical care. [9]

17. Doctors will quit, or use the dictates of government bureaucrats instead of their own medical expertise [10]

18. Expanding political controls on medicine and medical care will stifle innovation of new medical technologies and medications.

Instead, try some free-market reforms.  For example, read “Yes, Mr. President: A Free Market Can Fix Health Care” at healthcare.Cato.org or “Real reform: free-markets” at PatientPowerNow.org.

=== References ===

[1] Insurers Gone Wild, Jacob Sullum, Reason.com

[2] “Five Health Reform Whoppers” by Michael Tanner at AOLnews.

[3] Health Care Is Not a Privilege … Nor Is It a Right, Brian Schwartz; Is Health care a right?, by Walter Williams; Health Care is Not a Right, by Leonard Piekoff

[4] http://www.patientpowernow.org/2010/01/15/insurance-price-controls-hurt-sick

[5] Denver Daily News, Aug 21, 2009, Brian Schwartz

[6] “Individual Mandate Would Impose High Implicit Taxes on Low-Wage Workers,” Michael Cannon at Kaiser Health News

[7] <http://www.patientpowernow.org/2009/10/30/medicare-medicaid-fraud-exceeds-insurance-company-profits/>,
<http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6841>,
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123137487987962873.html?mod=googlenews_wsj>,
<http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601202&sid=aeGBzglj2iyY>

[8] Taxpayer Choice: A Solution to the Crisis of the Welfare State, by John Goodman

[9] http://www.patientpowernow.org/tag/coverage-is-not-care

[10] http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/is-your-doctor-getting-ready-to-shrug
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/obamacare-vs-the-hippocratic-oath/

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/the-real-obamacare-fraud

[11] http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/obamacare-a-national-version-of-romneycare

[12] http://www.patientpowernow.org/tag/illegal-insurance, Congress Declares War on HSAs by Ron Bachman, and this video: http://www.patientpowernow.org/2009/06/25/obama-care

[13] http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/24/opinion/main5109914.shtml

[14] http://www.patientpowernow.org/2009/11/27/health-reform-medical-technology-innovation,
http://www.forbes.com/2008/10/30/obama-drug-medicine-oped-cx_ch_1031hooper.html

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8 responses to “Health care “reform” bill is immoral & won’t work

  1. socialmaker

    I think the system is a joke. They aren't offering us enough health care because we do not matter to them. People are selfish they think only about themselves and their bank accounts.Do politicians think about people ? especially poor people ? I'm not so sure… while addictions and poverty are everywhere it's up to us to fight. Centers like Narconon help people in need. There are a lot of cases of drug abuse, alcohol abuse or even pills/meth. People alone have no chance. We must stick together.

  2. socialmaker

    I think the system is a joke. They aren't offering us enough health care because we do not matter to them. People are selfish they think only about themselves and their bank accounts.Do politicians think about people ? especially poor people ? I'm not so sure… while addictions and poverty are everywhere it's up to us to fight. Centers like Narconon help people in need. There are a lot of cases of drug abuse, alcohol abuse or even pills/meth. People alone have no chance. We must stick together.

  3. For sure I agree it will not work

  4. If this is the story then it will not work for sure…

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  8. Chrissy the Hyphenated

    #4 typo. You need an N to make it “nor a privilege”

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