Tuesday, September 15, 2009

House Republicans Questions President Obama on Health Care

On the record, I am neither a Republican or a Democrat. Having volunteered 1000s of hours for the Grand Old Party, I gave up my card toting days and vote for whom I think is best. That is sometimes not an elephant adoring individual.

Politics aside, the current health care plan under heavy discussion within town halls, private family circles, and other external outlets, stinks. Like bad skunk, or wet dog, or unwashed, dirty socks... it just stinks.

Having volunteered and led an event for the poorest and most vulnerable of them all (impoverished children in inner city St. Paul, MN), having seen what they and their families must go through to have a decent life let alone get decent health care, having myself been treated with disdain as a single mom while carrying EXCELLENT INSURANCE - I well know how important health care is for ALL United States citizens.

However, the current plan falls far short in many areas. Scare tactics of death panels aside, the plan is horrid at best and deceivingly ghastly at worst.

My first thought:

Why does the plan only take effect in 2013? Duh, that's 4 years from now AFTER President Obama's his own assumed 2nd election and long after any ability for anyone else to stop this charade of his.

Below, in it's entirety from another site, questions raised by the House Republicans regarding President Obama's assertions and claims in pontificating his plan.
House Republicans on Thursday issued ten “common-sense” questions arising from President Barack Obama’s Wednesday-night speech plugging health care reform.

The questions – and the words that prompted them – appear here verbatim: (emphasis added is mine, italicized comments mine as well)

President Barack Obama: “Our collective failure to meet this challenge – year after year, decade after decade – has led us to the breaking point.”

Common Sense Question: If we are at the “breaking point,” then why doesn’t your government-run insurance plan start until 2013?

President Barack Obama: “There are now 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.”

Common Sense Question: On August 20, you said 46 million Americans were uninsured. What happened to 16 million Americans?

In another three weeks will it be 15 million citizens? It doesn't matter. ALL should be able to obtain health care without using the emergency room as their primary care.

President Barack Obama: “And every day, 14,000 Americans lose their coverage.”

Common Sense Question: Does that mean 15 million Americans will lose their health care before your government plan starts in 2013?

Given the continuing trend for companies to dump employees, COBRA being far too expensive, and an inability for individuals to get coverage without lengthy paperwork documenting all illnesses, vaccinations, prescriptions, and surgeries since birth and even then being denied, that figure does not seem so outlandish.

However, that figure does not take into account for all those getting dumped one day, and picked up shortly thereafter on another company's insurance plan.

President Barack Obama: “We spend one and a half times more per person on health care than any other country, but we aren’t any healthier for it.”

Common Sense Question: Then why do people travel from around the world to receive health care in the United States?

People come here from all over the world because our health care practitioners are some of the very finest, the individuals can get in to see the providers, and those that travel here can afford to pay out of pocket for the health care they receive. All one has to do is Google, "Sheik" of Saudi Arabia and Rochester, MN to find out the family spent close to $2 million in that little city during his stay at Mayo. He is not an exception to the international patient.

Why are we not healthier? Because Americans have become lazy - lazy in educating themselves on many subjects preferring instead to rely on the internet/news/gossip magazines/etc, lazy in making sure they eat right and of the right quantities, lazy in making sure they are accountable to themselves preferring instead, some very well spoken, polished person do it for them.

We are not healthier because we rely on corporate America to feed us ala McDonald's, Wendy's, BK, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and more - which by the way, I eat at often BUT I limit my intake.

We are not healthier NOT because of the quality of the care received in hospital and clinic settings, NOT because of a lack of insurance (although that probably does not help either) BUT because of our own choices in taking care of ourselves first.

President Barack Obama:
“Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit problem. Nothing else even comes close.”

Common Sense Question: Didn’t the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office say that the health care plan you have endorsed will add $239 billion to our annual deficits over the next ten years?

I have yet to see where health care and insurance company CEO pay is limited to what a top physician makes at that site. NO CEO is worth more than the individuals saving lives. None.

President Barack Obama: “Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan.”

Common Sense Question: If we can pay for “most” of health care reform by controlling waste and inefficiency, then why does a $900 billion health care plan include $820 billion in tax increases?

My fear: how the reduction in Medicare? Certainly, the plan is not going to take away from MY aging and elderly parents and force them to decide which medications to stop taking. If so, I believe that's called government sanctioned genocide.

President Barack Obama: “…no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.”

Common Sense Question: Do you object to House Democrats defeating an amendment in the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup that would have explicitly prohibited federal funding of abortion under a government-run health care plan?

President Barack Obama: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future.”

Common Sense Question: Do you oppose the House Democrat health care plan, H.R. 3200, which the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said will add $239 billion to our annual deficits over the next ten years and “would probably generate substantial increases in federal budget deficits” thereafter? If so, which Democrat plan are you going to support?

President Barack Obama: “Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan…the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over the next 10 years…”

Common Sense Question: If there is so much “waste and inefficiency” in Medicare and Medicaid – two government-run health care plans – then won’t further government involvement in health care lead to further “waste and inefficiency”?

I like the word "around" as an adjective for $900 billion... kind of like when the AIG CEO and other well known public companies said they were missing "around" an exorbitant amount of money. Think those guys are in jail... 'nuff said.

President Barack Obama: “And I will continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead. If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen.”

Common Sense Question: Will you agree to meet with House Republican leaders to discuss health care reform, as they requested almost four months ago?

I think the question begs, do House Republicans have a plan?


Dalai said...

How can you doubt Dear Leader???

A Doc 2 Be said...

<3 ...

Thank you for the continual support and readership!!

Dalai said...

I'm going to "borrow" the topic and elaborate in a different direction... I can't wait to see how my liberal readers will diss me for it!!!