Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Senate Vote on Health Care Repeal

I am so glad to see that Senator Mitch McConnell is pushing the Senate to vote on the House-approved bill on Health Care repeal. The arrogance of Senator Reid by vowing not to allow the bill on to the Senate floor is galling to say the least.

I want the Democrats as well as the President to defend this unpopular law and stand by it. When 2012 comes, the American voters will remember how the Affordable Health Care law was jammed down our throats with hardly any debate. Do you remember the angry town hall meetings?

Do you know that there are 159 new federal government programs, bureaucracies and offices created by this law? When government is involved nothing gets down efficiently. Look at the above diagram of the law and all of the agencies and decision points.

Last night, the President, in his State of the Union address, called for streamlining the federal government to make it more efficient. Is this more efficient? Hardly. When you have a bureaucracy like this, you will have more waste and more government employees. This is not the way to run a business.

I agree that the health care industry needs to be reformed. We start with tort reform and address frivolous lawsuits. The day of the ambulance-chasing lawyer is over. Work WITH business to help them get health care for their employees. Help families by providing vouchers to pay for part of their health care insurance. Decrease the cost of health care by working with doctors, networks, insurance companies and hospitals. Everyone will also need to pay more for their health care. Most prefer just to receive it for free. We cannot do that.

For some "free" means passing the burden of cost on to someone else. No, it means that we all work together to make the system work.

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