As everyone knows, the health care reform process is in full swing in Washington — and the fur is flying over just how to do it. The biggest deviation from the norm that we keep hearing is the Public Option. Unfortunately, as with most government concept programs, there are a dozen different ways to describe just what this will actually look like. I’m not going to delve into this here, but in a nutshell, it’s CONFUSING. But that’s not the only option on the table, and it’s not the best option either.
We hear alot of talk about how wonderful France’s health care system is (#1 ranked in 2000 by the World Health Organization). Would something like their system be better here? Maybe. But, it does tend to go against the grain of our American culture.
After listening to President Obama’s Town Hall meeting today – specifically on the biggest issues with health care in the US – I think he’s going after the right things, but I’m not sure he’s got the right reasons. To summarize some of the president’s comments…
- The biggest economic/deficit issue is the cost of Medicare & Medicaid programs, due to the skyrocketing cost of health care.
- If health insurance were affordable, everyone would have it.
If you’ve ever looked at the billing rate for medical procedures, it’s clear that health care costs are ridiculously high. And as a business owner, I certainly agree that health insurance premiums are equally obscene. But, here’s the real kicker: Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance companies are RESPONSIBLE for our out-of-control health care costs!
Read on, and I’ll explain why we can’t get a doctor to spend more than 10 minutes talking to us during a visit, can’t afford to pay for health insurance, and can’t afford to pay medical bills without it!