Health Care Reform Battle
The Democratic party has been fighting hard to make their new health care reform policy become law but Republican Scott Brown’s upset win in Massachusetts Tuesday threatened to estinguish any chance of passing a health reform bill this year. The White House and Democratic leaders are facing growing resistance and pressing ahead is becoming more and more difficult following the Bay State backlash.
The Democratic party is still trying to hold tight and show confidence anyway:
Obama’s former campaign manager, David Plouffe, added on ABC’s “Good Morning America”: “I’m very confident we can pass health-care reform.”
White House senior adviser David Axelrod told POLITICO: “I think that it would a terrible mistake to walk away now. If we don’t pass the bill, all we have is the stigma of a caricature that was put on it. That would be the worst result for everybody who has supported this bill.” He said the administration will work with Capitol Hill to figure out how.
Democratic leaders met late Tuesday night in Nancy Pelosi’s office but there was no clear path on how to move ahead in sight. The recent 60-vote majority from Brown has them completely flabbergasted.
However, Pelosi insisted Democrats could still reach their decades long reform goals. “We will get the job done. I am confident of that. I have always been confident of that,” she told reporters as she left the Capitol at 11:30 p.m.
“Massachusetts has health care and so the rest of the country would like to have that too,” Pelosi said, referring to the state’s health care program. “So we don’t [think] a state that already has health care should determine whether the rest of the country should.”
The White House’s preferred option is for the House to approve the already-passed Senate version of health reform, to avoid the need for another vote in the Senate. But several House members said last night they’re not prepared to pass the Senate bill alone – even if it means health care reform would die.
“I’ve maintained for months now that incremental reform in the health care package would make much more sense from my perspective,” said California Rep. Jim Costa, one of the last Democrats to vote “yes” on the House bill.
He said he’d like to see Obama tell voters that “we may have been overreaching” and then push for a scaled-back bill that focuses on things more people can agree on, like insurance reforms. He said it’s not just a question of the House bill versus the Senate bill. “For me, it’s broader than that,” Costa said.
When it comes to the topic of health care reform Libertarians proposed a no-nonsense health care reform proposal long ago. Libertarian, EJ Moosa asks,” Is it really so difficult to improve health care in America?“
Here is a series of proposals that John Galt would approve in a heartbeat.
A Libertarian’s No-Nonsense Health Care Reform Proposal
Effective immediately, all health care premiums will be 100% deductible from the Federal Income Tax.
Effective January 1, 2010, all earnings of health care doctors, nurses, and other licensed providers of medical services will be exempt from paying Federal Income Tax.
Effective immediately, all medical expenses currently allowed to be deducted from the Federal Income Tax (subject to the greater than 7.5% of income requirements) shall be 100% deductible from the Federal Income Tax.
Effective January 1, 2010, all for-profit hospitals shall have their corporate tax rates reduced to 0.
Effective January 1. 2010, those restriction on the sales of across the border health plans shall be prohibited under the Interstate Commerce Clause. If someone wishes to purchase health insurance out of state, they shall be allowed to do so without restriction, if it meets their needs.
What do the above proposals do?
Proposals 1,3 and 5 will reduce the cost of health care for all Americans immediately. Paying for premiums, procedures, and insurance with pre-tax dollars means that the dollars will go further when buying insurance and services. The ability to purchase health insurance from providers outside of your state market increases competition and provides consumers more choices.
Proposals 2 will increase the supply of doctor’s, nurses and other medical professionals. If the current proposal was prepared to spend trillions of dollars, certainly forgoing billions in tax collections would be better for the Federal Deficit.
Proposal 4 will reduce the cost of opening new medical facilities for the treatment of patients. Consequently, more facilities open and competing for patients will drive down the costs for those patients in the long run.
If you increase supply, and give people greater purchasing power with their dollars, then supply and demand will adjust itself as needed as we move forward.
We already are facing a severe nursing shortage in many areas of the nation. Doctors near retirement are considering early retirement if the Obama Plan wins approval. We cannot afford to add 47 million to coverage and reduce the number of doctors.
Instead, we need to keep those doctors in the office for more patient visits, not fewer. And we need to give potential doctors a reason to enter the medical profession. What better motivation could one have then the ability to keep what you earn. This increase in supply will keep competition alive in the medical profession, and keep a check on costs. It’s how free markets are meant to work.
At 147 words, the above proposals could change Health Care in America for the better forever.
What are your thoughts? Would a tax-free zone for medical care be a workable solution to the “crisis” we have been told we have? Let me know what you think.
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