We have argued that* the current health care plan is bad for small business and our country’s economic recovery. Our future, especially our children’s financial future, in large part hinges on the defeat of the current proposal. There needs to be health reform, but not this, not socialized care that hurts the US economy. New studies this week have shown, on a state by state basis, just how many small businesses would be directly impacted by the proposed 5.4% surcharge tax that would be levied to pay for the plan. Opposition to the bill is bi-partisan, but special interests are strong. In order to effectively oppose this, small business owners and employees need to talk to others to expose some lies that are being used by proponents of the government-run health care plan. We hope you find this information useful and share it with others.
There are two big fat lies going around. (UPDATE: a third lie added to the end of the post.)
One is a lie by omission.
One is a lie by distortion.
First, the lie by omission. Politicians claims that 46 million Americans are “uninsured”. What they imply is that these people want to be insured or qualify for insurance, or otherwise couldn’t get it if they wanted it.
Here’s the truth, the data the politicians leave out.
Of the 46 million:
- 10 million are ILLEGAL ALIENS (they are only “Americans” in the loosest sense, and to include them in these numbers is misleading).
- 8 million are young and won’t buy it b/c they are healthy and don’t want to pay for it or use it
- 10 million make more than 75,000 per year and STILL WONT BUY for whatever reason they have
- 9.4 million are between jobs and are classified as “temporarily” uninsured, but for the sake of putting the “rosiest” picture on the Big Government argument, we won’t deduct these people from the numbers.
So, that leaves 18 million people (or 9 million if you deduct temporaries), or 6% (3% if you deduct temporaries) of Americans – there are 300Million of us – who are “legitimately” not insured.
And you know what? Many of those 3-6% qualify for Medicaid.
So it’s likely less than 3-6% of Americans who legitimately don’t have access to health insurance coverage.
So, for less than 6% of Americans, we’re going to throw out the health care system that is the envy of the civilized world? A system that 93.6% of Americans reported being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their physician services.
Someone just sent me this political cartoon from an Investors Business Daily Editorial that visually sums up what was expressed above. (this insertion is an update to the original post)
This is about a power grab and socialism pure and simple. The problems in our health care system are all ones that can be solved by introducing competition into the health care market.
And that leads into the second lie, the lie by distortion.
Proponents of socialized health care (and this is what the health care proposal IS, socialism), claim that “the free market has failed.”
The lie is that health care is a free market. That completely distorts the reality of the situation.
There are 133,000 pages of health care regulation in the U.S. Federal Register. If that were a book, it would be a book 44 feet thick! It would weigh 1330 lbs, more than a half a ton!
That’s the bureaucracy that health care providers wade through and the regulatory burden that providers and insurance companies have to deal with, and that raises costs significantly. And then there are the regulations on Insurance companies that restrict where and how they can sell insurance. Does that sound like a free market to you? One expert estimates that in it amounts to a $169 Billion annual tax. No wonder health care is expensive. You’ve seen doctors’ offices. They employ many people whose sole job is handle the reams of government paperwork they have to file, and some doctors are turning to new systems that allow them to see less patients, but have adverse consequences in other areas of health care. The remarkable thing is that it’s not more expensive!
How we got there is an interesting story all in itself. Medical Boards bear much blame for Nationalizing Health Care. The AMA helped to “Cartelize” medicine, reducing the supply of health care all while government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid increase it (all of which leads to longer wait times, reduction is services, etc.)
If you can believe it, about half of all US health care costs are already government funded, according to the OECD. (note that link resolves to OECD spreadsheet and is an excel file). When 3rd party taxpayers pick up the tab for much of health care, that’s not a free market.
So, we don’t have a true free market and people who make claims that “the free market has failed” are making false claims. The “market” that has “failed” (and if by failure you mean “provides the best health care in the world”) is one that has had to fight against massive government intrusion and inefficiency. Cost increases have been due to many factors, largely self-inflicted by the government and the industry itself. When you combine supply shortages at the same demand has been increasing due to government picking up the tab for services (when one is picking up the tab for one’s services, there is a tendency to save on costs, to shop, to look at differing options), you have a recipe for cost increases. (And then tack on skyrocketing malpractice insurance costs because of runaway jury awards that award not just actual damages, but also punitive ones . . .)
Imagine what a truly free health care market would be like! As good as our services are, they could be better, cheaper, and more timely.
Want to read about more lies and broken promises related to Health Care (or ObamaCare, as it’s increasingly being called)?
Here’s a great roundup of myths surrounding the US Health System.
The New York Post has a whole roundup of broken Health Care promises. This is perhaps the best article I’ve seen on the issue.
There’s a great blog run by a small business owner called The Coyote Blog: Dispatches from a Small Business that I’d encourage you to follow for great insights about how the proposed Health Plan will affect small businesses. Some recent highlights include:
- My Greatest Fear on the Health Care Bill
- More on the Health Care Bills
- Follow up on Preventive Care
- Perhaps the Most Egregious Statement of the Health Care Debate
Again, keep up the fight. Join the DownsizeDC.org campaign and it is, I believe, the easiest, most effective way for citizens to pressure their representatives on this issue.
UPDATE: We’re adding a third lie, since this one is getting a lot of play today. Supporters of government run health care are claiming that the a World Health Organization report says that the US has only the 37th best health care out of 121 countries. It’s a bogus report. The biggest variable in the report on “quality of health care” has nothing to do with quality of delivery or timeliness of delivery, it has to do with whether the government pays for it. It’s a worthless report. So, the most important factor used to measure the quality of health care treatments has to do with whether or not someone else picks up the tab? It’s nonsense.
*Note: Wording at the beginning of the article changed on Aug 21 from “It has been established that” to “We have argued that” on the suggestion of a reader.