We Need Health Care Reform – Now!
July 20, 2009 · Posted in Politics
I fully agree with the Campaign for Liberty Statement of Health Care Reform Principles:
Campaign for Liberty agrees that America’s health care system needs serious reform. We applaud the sentiment shared across the political spectrum that action must be taken and believe that our nation stands at an important crossroads.
Since the inception of managed care in the 1970s, excessive regulation and corporatism have damaged the patient-doctor relationship and driven up consumer costs. The problems we see today are the result of a collusion between big government and big business, not of market failure, and it is critical that instead of moving toward even more government and less freedom, America enact the right reforms to empower consumers and doctors.
Campaign for Liberty will support health care reform solutions that:
• Give Americans control over their health care by giving them control over their health care dollar via tax credits and deductions similar to those outlined in Congressman Ron Paul’s Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act (HR 1495).
• Protect privacy rights by allowing patients and physicians to opt-out of any government-mandated or funded system of electronic health care records, and repeal the federal law creating an “unique patient identifier” by adopting the policies contained in Congressman Ron Paul’s Protect Patients and Physicians Privacy Act (HR 2630).
• Empower doctors by softening antitrust law restrictions on health care professionals when they negotiate with insurers and medical providers. Our current system gives drug companies and cooperate interests all the power.
Campaign for Liberty will oppose any health care reform bill that:
• Raises taxes on any American.
• Forces Americans to purchase a government-approved health insurance plan, imposes fines or tax increases on individuals for failure to purchase health insurance, or conditions the receipt of any government benefit on the purchase or maintenance of health insurance. Instead, Congress should protect Americans from mandatory health insurance by adopting policies like those contained in Congressman Ron Paul’s Coercion is Not Health Care Act (HR 2629).
• Establishes a government-run or taxpayer-financed health insurance system. Creation of a “public health insurance option” is a first step toward the complete nationalization of health care. Government-managed and financed health care will inevitability result in lower standards, waiting lines, and rationed care.
This is consistent with what I wrote before about Fixing Health Care in the US:
Any proposal that suggests even more government involvement, decrees, and spending than we already have, needs to be rejected unconditionally.
If you want to look for true solutions, listen to those people who recommend the opposite of what we have been doing for the past decades, and in particular the past 8 years, during which President Bush presided over an increase of public health care expenses on the federal level of no less than 100%.
Listen to the people who recommend to get the government out of health care, to spend less on Medicare and Medicaid, and to get rid of government decrees and rules that aim at regulating the market for health products and services.
Only then will the dream of affordable health care for every single American become reality.
I may also point out again that already the US Government Spends More on Health Than Any Other Industrialized Nation:
Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
John Tate sent out a newsletter today, urging Americans to take action:
Dear Friend of Liberty,
Universal health care has long been one of the chief tenets of the big government ideology. According to its adherents, not only does everyone have a “right” to health care, Congress has the right to make you pay to ensure everyone has access.
President Obama and his allies in Congress believe all they have to do is constantly harp about the “high cost of health care” and American citizens will instantly fall in line behind their scheme to “take care of us.”
Want to opt out of this power grab? Americans who do not have some kind of health care coverage will be forced to pay a “penalty tax.”
According to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates, Congress’ plans would increase the budget deficit by $239 billion over the next ten years.
It’s enough to make you sick.
Call your representative and let Congress know you want no part of this latest government power grab. Click here to sign our petition. Urge your representative to take a stand for patients by supporting true health care reform – reform that ends government meddling and unleashes the power of the free market by encouraging competition and presenting real choices.
At Campaign for Liberty, we agree that America’s health care system needs serious reform. Since the inception of managed care in the 1970s, excessive regulation and corporatism have damaged the patient-doctor relationship and driven up consumer costs. The problems today stem from too much government, not market failure.
Instead of moving toward even more government and less freedom, it is critical that America enact the right reforms to empower consumers and doctors.
Click here to read Campaign for Liberty’s official Statement of Health Care Reform Principles. Simply put, we will not support any plan that raises taxes on any American, forces Americans into the new system, or creates a “public option.”
We will support health care reform that gives Americans control over their health care dollars, protects patients’ privacy rights, and empowers doctors by softening antitrust law restrictions on health care professionals when they negotiate with insurers and medical providers.
President Obama is right that now is the time to take action. It is imperative that we immediately get government out of health care to guarantee real, lasting reform.
Many in Congress and across the country have decided that there’s no point in trying to fight government’s takeover of health care. They believe it’s a “done deal.”
I believe, however, that the Revolution that made Audit the Fed a mainstream media issue, brought the entire Republican Party and nearly a hundred Democrats onto HR 1207 in less than six months, and shocked the political establishment by refusing to back down after Ron Paul’s bid for the presidency ended, is the same Revolution that can successfully fight for real health care reform.
We can stand up to those who seemingly have nothing better to do than think up more ways to interfere with our lives. Together, we can champion and achieve true, lasting change.
John F. Tate
P.S. President Obama and his allies in Congress are trying their best to make sure visits to your doctor’s office are as pleasant as a trip to the DMV. Please sign our Stop the Government Health Care Scheme petition and make a contribution to Campaign for Liberty today to help us lead the charge for real health care reform.
Who will stand up for change? Contact your representatives. Tell them you want health care reform, not more of the same. Tell them you will do everything you can to mobilize people against them if they vote for more of the same.