David Ihde: Salazar is wrong

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I would like to respond to the article written by Congressman John Salazar in the Sunday edition of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

John Salazar’s claims that he talked to a lot of folks here in the Steamboat area about health care is not only disingenuous, it borders on an outright lie! I e-mailed him persistently in August about when are we going to have a town hall meeting about health care and did not hear anything back from him or his staff. Nor did he ever have a town hall meeting.

Moving further into his article, there are more disingenuous claims, such as the House’s version will cut the deficit by $109 billion, by cutting inefficient administration costs from Medicare for example, and “Waste Fraud and Abuse.”

How many times have we heard that Medicare is more efficient and has less administration costs than private insurers? Did this change all of a sudden to sell the bill? How many times have we heard about “Waste Fraud and Abuse”? But now we can save billions? How come they are not doing that now? And how would you know John if you and your colleagues have not read the bill? And because, John, you are talking about Medicare, it cost 10 times what it initially was estimated. If they are off that much again, it will explode an already embarrassing deficit. Any bets here? John, you should worry more about current spending and deficits before wading into any more budgetary quicksand!

Especially because the bill front-loads the taxes and back-loads the benefits to obscure the real costs of the reform package you’re trying to sell to us. This is typical smoke and mirrors coming out of Washington that “We the People” must demand be stopped.

Defying the laws of economics also is a significant component of this bill. Since when did it ever occur in history that the price of something dropped when demand (forcing all citizens to purchase health care) increases and forcing private insurers to cover pre-existing conditions? Does anyone really think that our premiums are going to go down? I have a bridge to sell you, as well as some swampland!

Yes, we need reform. We need tort reform, and we need to increase competition by allowing us to purchase health insurance across state lines.

We need to give and get the consumer more involved in their health care purchases by removing or limiting third party paying. We need to get rid of the mandates on hospitals and insurers that drive up costs.

And most of all, we need to get the government out of health care! As President Ronald Reagan said many years ago, the government is not the solution but the problem.

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Chuck McConnell 4 years, 12 months ago

David,

You are totally correct!

Salazar and his socialistic cohort completely ignore the truth. The "dirty tricks" they use such as not including the "doctor payment fix" is a pure example.

Is it any wonder gold is nearly $1,200 per oz. as the world devalues our dollar and confidence in the Fed's. ability to control spending today and into the distant future.

If weak currency and uncontrolled spending were the way to prosperity, Zimbabway and its 100 trillion currency notes would control the world. This is not likely!

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zozobee 4 years, 12 months ago

David,

If you want to "remove or limit third party paying," (Do you know what that means?) and "get the government out of health care", I assume you want to pay for all of your health care out of pocket. You remind me of the people waving signs saying "Keep the Government out of my Medicare." Are you aware that 9 out of 10 people are extremely satisfied with their government run Medicare insurance and that only 3 or 4 out of 10 are barely satisfied with their "third party payers" . I agree with you that the private insurers are an issue - the only common sense alternative is a government run public option.

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David Ihde 4 years, 12 months ago

Your incorrect. Where on earth did you get that info when more and more doctors are not accepting medicare patients because of the dismal reimbusenents from the government plan? Same for medicaid. As for those with private insurance, it is the cost that they are unsatisfied with mostly, not the policy itself, although there are issues there as well. But keep in mind, medicare denies claims more than private insureres.

Those who say they want the gov. to stay out of their medicare are not as ignorant as you infer. What they are talking about is the real possibility of rationing from the gov. to control costs and the deficit. These are real reasons to get the gov. out of health care, not more ensconced! And no, insurance co's are not rationing right now as some claim. Denying a claim is not rationing by definition. Rationing is when an entity rations the very product itself and you can't get it or more of it at any price. Gasoline rationing during the oil embargo and WWII come to mind. Right now if your ins. co. denies a claim you can still get the care by a lot of different means. That maybe hard and painful financially, but it can be done. Same with medicare and medicaid for the moment, but there is a real possibility that will .change with the current proposals for reform.

As for the public option, that is a scam to put the private health insurance industry out of business. There are many tapes of public officials advocating a single-payer system whereby they said a public option is the means by which we will get there. None other than our President is among those on tape saying this! What is common sense here is what I advocated in my letter for across state line access to more competitive bidding for my business, That is real competition.

But the real bottom line is freedom. You were not free when your 'Daddy' paid the bills and you won't be free when "Uncle Sam" is paying them. The components of freedom have unfortunately been lost on the unsuspecting American Citizen.

Cheers

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ybul 4 years, 12 months ago

Government should actually regulate the insurers and doctors. So when the government is in control who will audit the government? The SIEU?

A single payer system will do little to reduce waste/fraud. As a close to self insured individual ($10,000 deductible), my gripe comes from going to a doctors office paying $1000/hour when extrapolated out to their hourly rate. Being quoted a fee for a service and then receiving additional bills from multiple other organizations, if you are lucky enough to get a quote on what a simple service will be.

Bitch all you want about insurance companies, so how do you reward a person who tries to take care of themselves in a single payer environment as opposed to eating McDonalds, etc 4+ times a week. Does a gym membership get included in my health care package? What about the fact that I work physically and eat well, do I get an incentive for staying well. What happens when money runs short, do doctors fees get negotiated or does service get limited?

Will the government step in and tell me how to live my life in order to reduce medical costs? What happens to my ability to live my life as I will when the government steps in and dictates that I can only eat their prescribed diet to maintain optimum health.

If the government did not subsidize grains, we would not be as unhealthy as we are. Their are a myriad of reasons why health care is a mess, along with the general economy and if a group of individuals thinks that they can micro manage everything to make the world a happy place then they do not know history very well.

Your Obama has done a great job following through with his promise of no lobbyists in his organization... Obama recently nominated former pesticide lobbyist Islam Siddiqui to be Chief Agriculture Negotiator at the U.S. Trade Representative's office.

Also as pointed out, the run up in Gold is a clear indication that the house of cards we have going here may not stand forever. Comparing us to France is absurd, unless one looks at their debt burden also and considers the fact that they spend a pittance of what the US does policing the world.

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ybul 4 years, 12 months ago

Maybe as opposed to trying to change the world in one fell swoop, maybe simply fixing things that are broken would be a start. I tried to provide insurance to an employee, yet my cost as an employer is 4 times what they can pay as individual, yet they can not buy it for themselves if I help them choose a plan, which fits my budget, including me throwing money into a HSA for them if they need minor help prior to hitting the $10,000 deductible. Have the government say no that is not right and should not occur.

The system has problems, yet so does our agriculture policies which probably attribute more to the cost of health care and a deteriorating middle class than other issues out there. So as opposed to trying to fix the symptoms of our failed sick care system, lets work towards removing government subsidies which help to contribute to our poor health. Impose impact fees on emissions which cause health problems, get rid of grain subsidies which are causing environmental and health problems, in addition to consolidating wealth.

Wake up and see the whole!

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