No, I did not watch the infomercial for Obama’s health care reform, but I have been wanting to say this.
According to President Obama,
“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period.”
Last night, the president clarified that statement.
“When I say if you have your plan and you like it, . . . or you have a doctor and you like your doctor, that you don’t have to change plans, what I’m saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform.”
The reality is that, for most people, their employers will choose whether or not to abandon the private system for the government plan.
Think about that for a minute. The government is going to come along with this low-cost, taxpayer-subsidized health care plan and your employer will get to choose between that and the plan they currently offer you.
Cheap government insurance vs. expensive private insurance. What will they choose?
Hint: your employer probably cares about the cost, not so much the quality – and not so much about how much you like your plan.
Bottom line: You will not be able to keep your health insurance plan.
Once the government has a monopoly, how good do you think your health care will be?
Every honest conversation about health care reform has included talk about changing what we in America expect from our health care system, which is a nice way to say we have to expect less from it, if we want a public system.
One of the proposed savings measures is eliminating “unnecessary” tests. I don’t know about you, but I want my doctor – not the government – deciding what tests are necessary.
And once the government controls health care, they will be able to regulate almost every aspect of our lives (the few they don’t already) because it is for the common good to keep us healthy, according to what the government deems necessary to that end.
On the bright side, maybe we won’t have to hear that tired old phrase “for the children” any more. Now it will be “for our health.”