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The Battle Of The Narrative: How Ordinary Americans Can Fight ObamaCare

At Forbes, Paul Hsieh, MD writes:

As the problems of ObamaCare inevitably emerge, the big question will be whether they will be blamed on the residual free-market elements of our health system or on the new government controls. This will be the battle of the “narrative.” …

If we let the government shift responsibility for ObamaCare’s problems onto the residual private sector, those problems will eventually be used to justify a government-run “single payer” system. On the other hand, if Americans hold the government appropriately responsible, we stand a chance at adopting genuine free-market health reforms. …

The government is already planning its own health care propaganda campaign aimed at the American people. …

Ordinary Americans can fight back by speaking out against the government narrative when appropriate with family and friends.

Read the whole article: The Battle Of The Narrative: How Ordinary Americans Can Fight ObamaCare – Forbes.

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If Social Security were run like Medicare

If Social Security were run like Medicare, writes John Graham of the Pacific Research Institute:

[T]he U.S. government [would] cease depositing Social Security payments into seniors’ bank accounts. Instead that money will be allocated to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to rent and assign housing for seniors, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to negotiate contracts with supermarkets and the like where seniors could pick up government-approved groceries for little or no money, and to the U.S. Department of Transportation to lease and assign appropriate vehicles for seniors’ use.New offices within these departments will be established to determine what the right prices should be for all the relevant goods and services, and providers will not be able to “balance bill” (except within approved limits, and with strict oversight) seniors who value their goods and services more than others.

Such a proposal would not last one day in the court of public opinion. And yet, I suspect that if FDR had set up Social Security like that, any plans to “voucherize” it today would draw the same charges as those leveled at Ryan’s Medicare proposal: Seniors are simply incapable of navigating these complex systems, and need federal “protection.” And if LBJ had originally established Medicare via “MediChoice” grants, no politician today would be able to impose the current, insane, Medicare bureaucracy on top of it.

Read the rest of John Graham’s excellent post.

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To defeat government-controlled medicine, repudiate morality of need

Opponents of the Democrats’ health care “reform” proposals have said the new legislation would lead to higher costs, lower quality, and less access.   But with the passing of HR 3692 (House) and HR 3950 (Senate) looks like the Democrats will have their way. Why?  In the Investor’s Business Daily, Yaron Brook and Dan Watkins of the Ayn Rand Institute suggest an answer:

The reason we continue to move toward socialized medicine is that everyone — including the opponents of socialized medicine — grants its basic moral premise: that need generates an entitlement.

So long as that principle goes unchallenged, government intervention in medicine will continue growing, as each new pressure group asserts its need and lobbies for its entitlement, until finally the government takes responsibility for fulfilling everyone’s medical needs by socializing the health care system outright.

Read the whole article at IBD: Memo To Foes Of Health Reform: Repudiate The Morality Of Need.

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Free-market health care slogans

If you plan to attend the September 12  the Freedom Rally in Denver, here are some slogans to consider if you want to make a sign.  I want to emphasize that opposing the Democrats’ proposals does not mean keeping the status quo. In fact, the policies Democrats advocate would actually entrench bad parts of the status quo.  A really bad sign would be “Protect our health care system!”  A health care “system” is the problem, and the current one stinks!

Free-market health care reforms are real reform.  That said, some slogans.  Surely there are many more. Please add them in the comments:

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Why health insurance companies are bad

You often hear animosity for insurance companies from the Left.  That is, those who want more government control of medical insurance. Yet, those who want less government should advocate repealing laws that coddle insurance companies at the expense of patients. As I wrote last week, insurance companies could gain so much credibility when arguing against more political controls on them by admitting how existing controls help them.

Tim Carney has an excellent article about how insurance companies benefit from existing regulations at patients’ expense, and have the nerve to push for more. It begins:

Dear conservatives: Health insurance companies are not your friends. Keep opposing a new government-run insurer, a single-payer plan, and new regulations on the HMOs. But grant that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is correct on this: Insurance companies are villains.

Insurance companies lobby for big-government regulations, subsidies, mandates, and tax-code distortions that funnel them money, keep out competition, and stultify innovation. These policies preserve the employer-based health-care system that mocks the idea of free-market competition. Then they cry “unfair competition” when government threatens to encroach on their government-protected monopolies.

But they’re not just lobbying against a government option. Today, health insurers are lobbying to force you and me to buy their product or face a tax hike (the individual mandate).

Read the whole article, entitled, Down with the health insurers.

(via Michael Cannon’s blog posts at Cato)


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Single-payer “universal” car care

This video is an entry for the Galen’s Institute’s “Do No Harm” contest.  All the entries are here.  I haven’t watched them all, but I’ve learned something. Each video is about 90 seconds. If it doesn’t grab my attention in the first 10 seconds or so, I move on to the next one.  Thus far, the one I linked above is my favorite:


It tells a story. It’s specific. You can can identify with the situation.  It’s clever and edgy.  It also abides by the “show don’t tell” principle.  Some of the other videos seem to lecture. This does not.

It wouldn’t surprise me if this one wins the contest.

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Health care talking points by Frank Luntz

It’s not enough to know how government meddling in medical insurance markets and medical care has driven up costs and leaves us vulnerable to huge medical costs.  You have to present it right.  Political consultant Frank Luntz has some suggestions, as reported in Politico. Some points that I liked when addressing how politicians (Democrats in this case) pushing for more government involvement in health care with a “public plan”:

—“It could lead to the government setting standards of care, instead of doctors who really know what’s best.”

—“It could lead to the government rationing care, making people stand in line and denying treatment like they do in other countries with national healthcare.”

-“President Obama wants to put the Washington bureaucrats in charge of healthcare. I want to put the medical professionals in charge, and I want patients as an equal partner.”

(2) Acknowledge the “crisis” or suffer the consequences. If you say there is no healthcare crisis, you give your listener permission to ignore everything else you say. It is a credibility killer for most Americans. A better approach is to define the crisis in your terms. “If you’re one of the millions who can’t afford healthcare, it is a crisis.” Better yet, “If some bureaucrat puts himself between you and your doctor, denying you exactly what you need, that’s a crisis.” And the best: “If you have to wait weeks for tests and months for treatment, that’s a healthcare crisis.”

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