Solutions to health care problems must accompany Obamacare complaints
I believe it was Margaret Thatcher who once said “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
That is exactly what we are facing in this country with our health care system. We are running out of other people’s money. Mostly yours – the taxpayer, which pays the businesses, insurance companies and government to provide health care. You would think that with our years of experience with Medicare and Medicaid, we would have realized long ago that free and low-cost government health care programs (socialized medicine) have resulted in higher costs and poor quality health care.
It’s well past time to support reforms and a competitive “free-market” health care system. I listen to my conservative brethren constantly complaining about Obamacare – and rightfully so.
But where are the solutions they propose? It all has to start with reform of the current system and a return to constitutional free-market principles that capitalism thrives on. It is all about individual liberty in health care.
We need to first understand the basic principle that every American is responsible for their own health, not the taxpayers, and certainly not the government. Our responsibility as a legislature is only to create free-market conditions that will allow our citizens to make personal health decisions free from government interference and costs.
The first step is to remove all legal and tax obstacles currently in place for Health Saving Accounts (HSA) and make them accessible to all Americans. Also, we need to let people purchase “lower cost/high deductible” plans if they choose to. If someone wants to put their money in an HSA to cover costs with a high deductible – that is their right.
You want to do something about the high costs? Equalize tax laws so individuals get the full deduction that employers get. That would be a good start. Allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines and make it portable. Make sure that doctors and hospitals are required to itemize and break down all costs for greater consumer transparency so they can make the best decisions on cost and care.
In Oklahoma, we have passed laws to ensure lawsuit reform with medical malpractice and frivolous lawsuits but it cannot stop there. We must stop doing what is politically expedient and make the hard choices for the future.
Deuteronomy 15:11 tells us “we will always have the poor among us and we need to be ‘even-handed’ towards them…”
One of the best ways to help the poor and uninsured would be to allow voluntary tax deductible donations to be made by anyone who wants to. Let’s get the government out the way and allow churches and private citizens to do what Christ commanded.
“If we don’t fix this soon not only will we run out of money as Margaret Thatcher put it …we are going to run out of time.”