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Health Care Reform – Can It Lower Cost And Improve Health?

In recent weeks I have had a poll question on the blog:

What Should Congress Do About Health Care Reform?

At the time of this writing, over 600 have responded to that question. Here are the answers given:

(1) Stop trying to fix Health Care: 57%, 346 Votes

(2) Start over from scratch: 37%, 224 Votes

(3) Pass current bill: 6%, 35 Votes

If we take the first two responses and combine them, we learn that 94% oppose the current Health Care Reform bills being presented.

Does The “Reconciliation” Effort Make You Angry?

Recently, after more than a year of trying to pass a health bill, Washington is discussing “Reconciliation.”

Reconciliation, sometimes called the “Nuclear Option”, is a rarely used legislative maneuver designed to resolve budget differences, but one that could also be used to push through a bill with a simple majority vote of 51%.

FOXNews.com, posted a survey asking how people felt about using “Reconciliation” as the vehicle to carry the health care reform bill through Congress. Following are the responses FOXNews.com received to their question:

Are You Angry That The Administration Is Resorting To “Reconciliation?

 

  • Yes. This is outrageous! They’re using rules to bypass the clear voice of the people – 94% (131,891 votes)
  • Not sure, but if they have to resort to rules loopholes to pass a law, doesn’t that indicate that a lot of people oppose it? – 2% (2,362 votes)
  • No. Look, we need health care reform and we need it now. – 4% (4,999 votes)

 

In both poles, 94% expressed opposition to National Health Care.

 

Other polls show the American people opposing National Health Care by smaller percentages; however every poll taken shows that 60% or more of the American people oppose National Health Care.

Yet, in spite of this overwhelming objection by the citizens of these United States to the passage of the Health Care Reform bills before Congress, our leadership is obviously determined to pass Health Care Reform regardless of whether the people want it or not.

Why would the President and Congress want to pass a Health Care Reform bill that the vast majority of the citizens say they do not want? Following are primary reasons he gives:

  1. Cover pre-existing conditions.
  2. Expand coverage to the uninsured.
  3. Lower premiums
  4. Reduce deficit

Let’s examine these reasons a little more closely to see if the proposed bill before Congress is capable of achieving the stated goals of HealthCare Reform.

If Passed – Will Health Care Reform Lower Costs?

 

Cutting cost is what you constantly hear coming forth as one of the main reasons to pass Health Care Reform. But let’s examine this for a moment and see whether Health Care Reform is capable of lowering costs:

 

Cover Pre-Existing Conditions

 

Of course, everyone who has a pre-existing condition wants that condition to be covered by their insurance policy. So why have insurance companies in the past not covered them? The answer is an easy one – high cost.

Now it is not my intent here to hold the Insurance Industry totally blameless with regard to the high costs of Health Care and Health Insurance premiums, but there are two sides to the story. Let’s take a little closer look at what covering pre-existing conditions means to the Insurance Industry.

Every service provided by the Insurance Industry requires sufficient income be received by the Industry to pay the costs of that service. If they are unable to take in sufficient monies to pay for the services offered, that industry will be unable to continue providing that service, and be forced out of business.

The Insurance Industry has excluded pre-existing conditions from policies in the past for a reason – which is the extremely high risk involved in covering such conditions. The high-risk is the potential of having to pay out larger amounts of money for these pre-existing conditions than the premium charged takes in.

So if a policy is to cover pre-existing conditions, and this coverage causes huge increases in cost, premiums must be increased to cover the additional cost. Thus they must raise premiums in order for the Insurance Company to stay in business.

If Insurance Companies are forced to cover pre-existing conditions and not allowed to increase premiums, they will be forced out of business. This scenario would force all citizens into a National Health Care system – which will be government run – ultimately bringing about Socialized Health Care.

How is it possible to lower costs if pre-existing conditions are covered under the Health Care Reform plan?

Expand Coverage to the Uninsured

 

We are being told that Health Care Reform must also be passed because there are some 50 million uninsured in the country. But upon a closer look and a little research, it becomes clear that this number includes illegals as well as those who do not want Health Insurance. The actual number of legal citizens who do not have and want health care is around 8 million.

Now we are being told that under Health Care Reform, 30 million additional citizens will be covered.  If this be true, how can you extend Health Care coverage to an additional 30 million citizens and at the same time lower health care cost?

So, how will the Country pay for covering 30 million additional citizens? The Health Care Reform bill does not provide coverage for these 30 million people, or coverage of pre-existing conditions, for four to five years after the bill is passed.

Taxes on individuals and businesses though will begin immediately after passage. The additional benefits will not pay out until after the additional monies have been collected for four to five years.

The projected additional costs to cover these 30 million and pre-existing conditions is one trillion dollars. It is obvious that after the first year or two this would nearly double to two trillion dollars.

If we are going to cover an additional 30 million people and provide coverage for pre-existing condition it can’t help but have a negative impact on the American economy if not destroy it all together.  The only way to keep this from happening would be to ration health care. This could be accomplished by denying expensive services to the elderly or to another segment of the population.

Medical Doctor Says Government Responsible For High Costs

 

Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga, a physician who serves on the House Science and Technology Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee had the following to say about Health Care Reform:

“Government intrusion into the system has caused a marked escalation in the price of health insurance, drugs in the drugstore, hospital bills and doctor bills – all healthcare costs are being forced upward in a very skyrocketing way because of government intrusion. The marketplace unencumbered by taxes and regulations is the best way to ensure the best quantity and quality of all healthcare services”

Anything Government Gives the People It Must First Take From the People

 

There are no free lunches in life. Everything has a cost. Our country was so established that everyone was responsible for themselves. In more recent years we have been told that we are not only responsible for ourselves, but our neighbors also. Thus if neighbor doesn’t have something it is society’s responsibility to provide it.

The only way our government can have the funds necessary to guarantee all who do not have or cannot afford health insurance to have it, is to take from those who have and give it to those who have not.

This effort to take care of all citizens as well as cover the incredible waste of worthless spending and earmarks has resulted in debt that will be passed on to our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. That debt is increasing by the second. For a vivid picture of what this debt is and how rapidly it is increasing, visit US Debt Clock.org.

Employers Will Drop Coverage of Employees If Bill Passes

 

Under the proposed Health Care Reform plans, Employers who are currently providing Health Insurance coverage for their employees at a cost of approximately 15%, will be able to opt out of providing insurance coverage for their employees by paying an 8% annual tax to government for each employee. If employers can save almost half of the cost of providing coverage for their employers most will opt out covering employees, and employees will be forced into government run National Health Care plan.

Also, under the proposed plan, young people between the ages of 18 and 35, most of whom are healthy and uninsured will be forced to purchase insurance or be fined $2,250 in the Senate version or 2.5% of their income in the House version.

The reason the young people will be required to purchase insurance is to help keep the premiums lower for everyone else. In essence, the bill would require young healthy people to subsidize the older unhealthy people by paying for a service they will likely not have need of.

Thus National Health Care penalizes the healthy person who takes care of their health at the expense of the unhealthy. This removes all incentive for a person to improve their health while actually rewarding those who do not take care of themselves.

Where in the Constitution of the United States is the Federal Government given permission to mandate health insurance coverage and where in the Constitution is the government given permission to run health care?

If Passed – Will Health Care Reform Improve Health?

How can putting everyone into a system that has already proven to be a failure improve the health of the American people? The medical system that would be utilized if Health Care Reform were passed is not focused on healing people of their diseases.

Sadly, most Americans are unaware that there is another way of dealing with their physical ills. That other way – that better way – is God’s way.

What Does God’s Way Look Like?

Simply stop putting into the body those substances that are causing the physical problems and start putting into the body those garden foods God told us we should consume in Genesis 1:29. The body will almost always heal itself of whatever the physical or even psychological problem is – without doctors, drugs, radiation, or surgery. Most who adopt this diet and lifestyle will never experience sickness ever again.

Many years ago, this editor watched helplessly as medical doctors tried to stop the advance of mother’s colon cancer using such modalities as drugs, radiation, and surgeries. After much suffering, resulting from the use of these medical modalities, and after huge medical expense, mother died at the comparatively young age of 65.

In 1976 came the devastating news that this editor had the same kind of cancer mother had suffered with and died as a result of. Because I had seen mother suffer so greatly at the hands of the medical community as they attempted to stop the growth of mother’s cancer, I refused all medical treatment, changed what I ate to a 100% raw plant based diet with lots of vegetable juices, and one year later my cancer was gone.

A better way for our leadership to provide health for the American people would to spend a few million dollars teaching the citizens of the United States how to so nourish their bodies so that sickness will not manifest in the first place. If it does, symptoms will almost always simply go away. We call this “God’s Way”.

We here at Hallelujah Acres know God Way is the only way to live in health. Therefore we invite President Obama and those in Congress to come to Hallelujah Acres to see firsthand how Americans can be set free from almost all physical and even psychological problems through a simple diet and lifestyle change.

And if they don’t want to come to Hallelujah Acres, I am willing to go to Washington and bring with me dozens of others who have been healed of a myriad of physical problems on God’s Genesis 1:29 diet, including people who have recovered from terminal cancers, along with their medical records to prove recovery took place, after adopting God’s Way.

 

What will be the cost to the citizens of this country if government makes this life changing and life saving information available to all citizens? Probably less than the current family spends on groceries. And concerning Health Insurance, ever since I learned that I could control my own health by controlling what I ate and drank, I stopped carrying Health Insurance.

That’s right my friend. After learning I could control my health by simply controlling what I ate and drank in 1976, I stopped carrying Health Insurance. Not carrying Health Insurance these past 34 years has resulted in my saving $150,000 in Health Insurance premium costs for a Health Insurance policy I have had no need of for 34 years.

Editor Note: This past week we had Health Minister training here at Hallelujah Acres. A couple from Canada said to me, “You folks in the United States need to pray that National Health Care does not pass Congress, because we in Canada have had this type of a Health Care system for many years and it is a disaster. If The United States adopts a similar system we will have nowhere to go to receive quality health care.”

Comments

  1. Dear George:
    If everyone ate the HA diet we would need only accident insurance. But that will never happen until all are able to take full responsibility for what they eat.

    Meanwhile the insurance industry could care less and simply passes through the costs and bilks millions while acting as the shill for the pharmaceutical drug industry that treats only symptoms instead of causes.

    In our greatest period of economic expansion and development, we had a top income tax rate of 88% (from 1941 to 1982), and 70% (from 1962 to 1982). The wealthy still invested their money, still worked hard at becoming richer, still became richer, and, wisely, stayed in this country. However, the poor became middle class and the poorest became less poor.

    Repubs believe in free trade because, to the extent that government is absent, they are free to lie to the public (subprime disaster), free to take ruthless advantage of workers (globalization: the freedom to go to countries that offer no protections of workers), and, in general, free to govern (control) the market themselves.

    Repubs believe in supply side economics, based on the phony cliches: “wealth trickles down” (actually, wealth is sucked up) and “nobody ever got a job from a poor person” (reality: the wealthy won’t invest in jobs if consumers don’t have money to buy, or, demand side economics).

    Repubs (the broken government book) don’t believe in any kind of government, big or small, because when government is absent, the unelected wealthy and powerful can control our society.

    George, we need a public option. I believe we will eventually have it if we get to first base which is the present legislation.

    It is not an easy subject. Many contradictionsa and agendas.
    See the link below for more about that.
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/03/nancy_pelosis_strategy_for_pas.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

    Blessings

  2. George Malkmus March 17, 2010

    Thank you for responding to my article.

    While I agree with you that the insurance industry “acts as a shill for the pharmaceutical drug industry”, I must call your attention to your own words “the insurance industry could care less and simply passes through the costs….”
    Now I’m not saying that the Insurance Industry doesn’t deserve blame, but how can the Insurance Industry remain solvent and continue in business if they do not “pass through costs?” Anyone who has ever owned or run a business knows that it is imperative that sufficient monies be taken in to cover expenses. Most Politicians have never run a business and don’t understand Economics 101. And while the government is demonizing the Insurance Industry, this industry is one of the least profitable industries out there, with only approximately a 3% profit margin.

    In your comments, you then go on to blame the Insurance Industry for “only treating symptoms instead of causes.” But it is not the Insurance Industry that is “treating symptoms instead of causes”, but rather it is the doctors who are treating the people that are doing this. The insurance Industry only pays the bills submitted by these doctors who are treating the symptoms rather than the causes. Sadly, if the government passes Health Care Reform, all citizens will be forced into a government run and controlled National Health Care plan, a plan identical to the very one you are criticizing. Do you really believe the cost of health care will be reduced and results improved by forcing everyone into this same broken down and corrupt system?

    Whether health care is controlled by the doctors, drug companies, or government, it is the system that is corrupt. And forcing everyone into a system that is already corrupt cannot in any way improve results or reduce costs. History has proven that anything government becomes involved in becomes corrupted. Look at the state of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as examples. They are in hock trillions of dollars. Do you really believe that another government entitlement program will be any better than the previous entitlement programs that already proven to be failures?

    As I said in the article, “A better way for our government to provide health for the American people would be to spend a few million dollars teaching the citizens of the United States how to so nourish their bodies so that sickness will not manifest in the first place.” If the health of the American people is to be improved and the cost of health care reduced, Government must get completely out of the Health Care business. Currently, government is doing all it can eliminate competition and shut down alternative forms of treatment, alternative that can truly help people remain healthy and obtain health if already sick.

  3. Rev Malkmus,

    I agree with you totally, but as long as money and greed are around, things will never change. It is my personal conviction that most pharmaceuticals and doctors already know what it takes to remain healthy, but if they spread THAT news, they would soon be out of business. From an individuals viewpoint, I talk to people all of the time when confronted with my diet tell me “I could never eat like that” because they love their meats and sugars too much to change. It is easier for them to pop a pill, than have the discipline to do what is best for their bodies. It is sad but true when people “love and lust” after money and their god is their appetite!

    Be blessed and keep up the good work!

  4. A word to the wise is sufficient. Eat optimally and you need not worry.

  5. moors60 March 23, 2010

    I am always astounded at the “debate” over health care reform and the Repubs refusal to add to the ‘public debt’ in support of it. Yet, why are we in the financial state that we’re in — the Bush Administration! Why, because, amongst other things, they let banks run rampant, because Repubs believe less ‘regulation’ is better. However, look at what’s happened since Reagan de-regulated the airline industry — prices skyrocketed and stayed that way; the phone company (de-regulated and monopoly busted) – higher phone bills and costs on the bill you don’t even understand; cable company — rates higher than ever. De-regulation doesn’t work because it relies on the ‘benevolence’ of the industry to look out for its customers. What crap!

    The reason the health care industry is the way it is, is because of the ties between the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession. Ties that, in the interest of the public, should NOT BE ALLOWED TO EXIST. I worked for a year in the family medicine dept. of a major university, and drug company and insurance co. reps came by all the time peddling their wares and services to medical students, all while providing ‘free lunches’ and free services to said students. They continue to do this when they go into practice. You can see drug reps at any doctor’s office, and chances are, your doctor will be suggesting their product for your ailment.

    Those opposed to “government-run’ health care are they opposed to Medicare, because that’s really all this is. And, those opposed must never have been in the position of not having insurance. I’ve been there!! And, I’m not some deadbeat or cheating ‘welfare’ recipient. I’d at least part-time (while in high-school and college) and full-time since I was 21. Instead of taking time off when I graduated — like most people do — I got a job two weeks after graduation. When I received a fellowship to go to Carolina, I went to grad school full-time and got two part-time jobs, in addition to the work-study that went along with my fellowship. When injury struck and I had no medical insurance that covered surgery — which was required — I went to work for the university. Every subsequent time when I was laid off, I worked as a temp and took one or two part-time jobs to support myself — including housekeeping! Then I got very ill and could no longer drive or work. I’d used up my COBRA eligibility from my last employer and had to pay my doctors and related medical bills (lab work, MRIs, X-rays, CT scans) in cash. I used up all my savings, all my retirement funds and all investments, and still came up short. I had to move in with my parents. Eventually, I received Disability — a government-run program — and was at least able to pay my parents back for what they spent at that time. With economic times as they are — again, NOT the fault of the Dems (and no, I don’t always agree with their policies either) — MANY people are in this same position. That’s the purpose of health care reform, and this gets lost in the argument. I find the comments about the bill covering ‘illegals’ most reprehensible since their would be not ‘illegals’ if companies didn’t hire them!! So, if we don’t punish companies and corporations for breaking our own laws by hiring these people — who are only here to try to get a better life, isn’t that what this country is supposed to stand for — than we should pay for their healthcare; we’re the reason they’re here!

    And, while people say they are against health care reform, they offer NO suggestions on how to fix the system, or they think we should allow the related industries to ‘police’ themselves! Right, the drug companies that charge Medicare $6.00 per tablet of aspirin when you’re in hospital, and charge as much as $20.00 per tablet for meds that they sell to Canada and other countries for $20.00 for a 30-day prescription — while barring us in the US from purchasing meds from foreign countries — is really going to stop this practice that they’ve found, and continue to find, lucrative. Ditto the insurance companies. Ditto the medical profession.

    People have sited the financial state of Medicare and Medicaid as reasons against government-run programs, without recognizing or understanding why these programs have come close to bankruptcy. It’s not because they are run by the government, but because of the outrageous costs demanded by the drug companies and related insurance industries. I wasn’t being facetious about the $6.00 charge for 1 aspirin in the hospital — it was on the bill! And, mind you, it is illegal for you to bring aspirin (or your own meds — the same ones that they’ll give you in the hospital but charge your insurance company (be it Medicare, Medicaid or private) 1000% more) and take them in the hospital! That’s what’s driven up the cost, not the fact that it’s run by the government. And personally, I don’t mind if my taxes go to pay for someone else’s health care, and least that’s something tangible and worthwhile. I’d rather it go there, than have it be circumvented by some lobbyist paying for my senator or representatives vote.

    The biggest problem I have with Republicans is they seem to base there problems on the belief that ‘less is more” and that companies, corporations, and individuals will be benevolent and “look out for the little guy or the average man”. And that they’ll do so without regulation and without government interference. How naive! Yet, the Dems solution of paying everything for everybody doesn’t work either. That’s the problem with the government as it exists now; only the Party and its platform is important — regardless of which party it is — and bi-partisanship is a myth (and has been since Reagan). Let’s face it, what this country as a whole worships is not God, but money. That’s what everything’s about, that’s what drives everyone. We don’t want taxes, because we don’t want to lose our money. We don’t give 10%, because we want to keep our money. Legislators ignore its constituents because they’re obligated to lobbyists; our legislators become so, for the paycheck; and companies base their practices not on what’s good for its workers — or even what’s good for the country as illustrated by our now defunct manufacturing industry, that’s found cheaper sources in South America and Asia — but on what’s good for its shareholders and its bottom line.

    For the medical industry, its time to ‘****” or get of the pot. Either accept government run health care or accept government regulation to control costs. Because no one whose worked hard their whole lives, deserves to die or go bankrupt simply because they can’t afford appropriate health care. We are supposed to be THE world leaders, we are supposed to be progressive, yet we are the only western, civilized (?) nation that does not have national health care and the other nations aren’t having problems or complaints. You can look at the Brits and say, ‘my arent’ their taxes high’, yet look at what they don’t pay for — any medical procedure, labwork, therapy, drugs, dentists — just to name a few. I’ll bet if we figure out what each US family pays out for its medical needs, and include our income taxes, we’d come out paying much, much more.

    Lastly, how ironic that the Republicans don’t support government-run healthcare, but Richard Nixon proposed the same thing but tabled it in because of the need to focus on the problems in Vietnam. Remember what’s at the heart of this bill — people — and not just the partisan politics!

    -Monique
    “Violence, in any form, never solved anything. It only continues to feed on itself.”

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