Health Reform: Debate over “How?”

The Health Care reform debate is shaping up to be a contentious one, again.  On one side you have the Obama administration and his push to bring some form of a socialized national health care,  on the other you have the people that believe free enterprise will provide needed reforms if given a chance to do so.

While Washington fights over philosophies we take  a look at the local debate.

The debate over whether or not reform is even needed seems to be stipulated…it is widely agreed upon  reforms are needed,  due to the increasingly high cost of care and also many other factors.

So once again the real debate is over the “how”  to achieve reform that works.

Nearly half of the industry is already controlled by government, and it is certainly not the efficient half of the system  of the two!

Personally, I am on the side of  vigorous “free market competition“, and some common sense tort reforms to allow doctors some protection against the constant lawsuit threat due to astronomical awards given (even in settling baseless claims) for malpractice.

Of course the “entitlement side” that Obama represents is adamantly opposed to both these concepts.

The ever present “fairness” label is being applied once again as the left tries to assert that equal care for one and all is “a right“,  which of course it isn’t!

A fellow tea party member of several local and national groups,  Tawnya recently brought to my attention a good debate being waged in the “letters to the editor” pages of the Monroe Monitor over the last couple of weeks.

Obama is using his alliance with a  compliant media to help push his vision for us on this debate-his vision is clear-he wants national government control.

Meanwhile the regular folks are fighting back, as they realize if they don’t nobody else will, and this is too important to the welfare and well-being of ourselves and families!

We want our freedom, and individual control over our decisions, especially our health!

Two of my children were delivered by a doctor that no longer delivers babies after government controls at the state level drove out the insurance companies and drove up malpractice insurance rates.  Many of those government control decisions had to be altered and reversed,  insurance “reform” had created a crisis–the  shortage of OB/GYN doctors!

Tawnya noticed how the media was using “heart touching stories” to promote Obamas vision, she had one of her own,  so when a similar story appeared in her local paper she wrote in response.  I think the editor of this paper is getting slammed with letters at this pont, but Tawnya was still able to get  her letter in response published.  Tawnya’s  story is as heart touching as the original with a much different perspective on a similar story.

Reading the various responses to the editor is actually very educational, and one thing is very clear to me.  There is no consensus, and this debate is very far from over!

Original article (pdf) and responses (pdf)- here Tawnya’s  letter here and  here

They seemed to get away with the “debate is over” and “there is consensus” about the global warming hoax but that will not happen with the health care reform debate- if we step up and be heard, like Tawnya has done!

Excerpt from Tawnya’s letter–

I too have had a friend with cancer fly from Alaska to Seattle to have treatments. I’ve had my heart break watching what she was going through as she struggles to survive and raise her little girl on her own.  Unfortunately she could not afford to make many trips from Alaska. My friend ended up having to swallow her pride, which was not an easy thing to do, and ask for assistance. It is what she chose to do to survive. I don’t feel the need to give a blow by blow of her daily life and struggles to pull at your heartstrings to sway your opinion, but I would like to give some food for thought. I’m sure we all have stories that would touch each other on an emotional level that we could pass back and forth for days.  It all comes down to individual choice.  The one thing in this world that is truly mine is my body.  My body, My choice, I would like to keep it that way. One size doesn’t fit all. I don’t want rationed healthcare where government dictates what medical service I can or can’t have. That should be left between my doctor and me.




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