by Paul J. Rigazio
The Democrats in Congress and President Obama are working toward health-care reform. While most Americans are happy with their health-care plan, there are a lot of Americans without a health-insurance plan. Most Americans, including most Republicans, do believe our health care can be improved and costs brought under control, but the plan Washington is working on does not address some critical issues or include cost controls.
The proposed plan does not include tort reform to reduce malpractice claims and costly defensive medicine, does not allow interstate competition by insurance companies, and does not allow catastrophic health coverage desired by some. The only cost reduction is a hope of $500 billion in savings from Medicare, which either will not be realized or will reduce medical services to our senior citizens.
The legislation must not define a single insurance plan for all Americans. The 300 million Americans have many different types, shapes and needs. America is the melting pot of the world, and is composed of many types of people, from here and from all over the world—young singles, married couples planning a new family, middle-aged families, minorities, retirees, senior citizens, widows, etc. This variety is what makes America the envy of the world, its creativity, freedom and economic strength, drawing people from all over the world. A single plan will dilute this creativity, freedom and economic growth.
Think about this single plan, “one size fits all Americans.” This would be like the government requiring all dressmakers to produce only one style and size for all women. What do your girlfriends or wives think about that! This would be like the government requiring all auto companies to manufacture only one style auto, say a four-door sedan with 120 horsepower and one color. What do you think about that!
America is strong and vibrant because of its diversity and individuality. One single health-care plan for all Americans won’t cut it, won’t work and is plainly “Un-American.”
Maxi says: Do you suppose Congress has taken out the part of the bill where our private insurance plan can’t make a change, say raise the co-pay, ’cause if they do we must switch to the government plan? There are many things in this bill we don’t know about. Oh yes, the Speaker of the House said recently: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”
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