By: A.M. Kisly
Folks, pay attention to this one. As the Scriptures say in 1Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
U.S. Representative, Barney Frank is responding to what he called the “unusual nature of the health care debate.” He intends to host a town hall meeting on the national effort to overhaul the health care system.
Anything Mr. Frank has to say should be thoroughly scrutinized in my opinion. Let's not forget last year's enormous BAIL OUT and the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae scandal. I remember watching the House Debates on C-Span, where Mr. Franks blamed the entire mess on the Bush Administration. Mr. Frank who was at that time ranking member and now is Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, disputed the red flags that were raised in this crisis.
Well, let's just listen to Mr. Frank "In His Own Words" to what really happened just a few years before.
Is this really a guy you can trust? He wants you to believe that a government run Health Care System is a good thing. Think Again!
In this hearing, Barney Frank went as far as saying that even if there were a crisis (Freddie & Fannie), government wouldn't bail them out. Isn't that just what the government did and at what cost? They say one thing AND then do another, and when everything blows up around them, they lie about it. They are asking for another TRILLION dollars of debt without TRUST, are we mad? And if this weren't enough, they are also talking about MORE STIMULUS MONEY!
Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, said, “The President and his allies in Congress are masters of confusion and deception. They create nonexistent ‘emergencies’ to scare the American people into submission. They have a political agenda which distorts the facts regarding health care. ObamaCare is not at all about insuring the uninsured. It is about Chicago-style political power which does not respect life or liberty.”
By the way, for those of us living in New York, we should also question the judgment of Democrat Senator Charles Schumer, who was also a staunch defender of these two mortgage giants.
Some will argue that we are in a crisis, I'm not sure that this so called health care "crisis" really exists. I agree that health care costs need to come down and there needs to be more affordable insurance rates, but a crisis? To me, it's beginning to feel more like a government takeover. America has a choice, to remain free, or continue to go down this road of unwelcome government control. Remember those fine pieces of parchment called the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? It is the people who "govern" government (of the people, by the people and for the people), not the other way around.
In a response to Obama's Op-ed in the New York Times G. Wesley Clark, MD writes:
Mr. President, I just read your op-ed in the New York Times. You must either be incredibly ignorant (e.g., pediatricians performing tonsillectomies, surgeons being paid $50,000 for an amputation), or else you believe that Americans are incredibly stupid.
You justify a hasty and massive healthcare “reform” to save money, by spending an additional trillion dollars. You would fix a “broken” and broke Medicare system by adding another 47 million beneficiaries to government programs while arguing this will reduce overall costs.
I’ve itemized your inaccurate claims, with my comments in italics.
You assert that your healthcare reform will:
* Force insurance companies to insure pre-existing conditions. That’s like allowing bettors to wait till after the race has been run, to place their bets. That won’t cut costs.
* Eliminate lifetime limits on coverage. Unlimited lifetime coverages must increase premiums to pay for them and will raise total costs.
* Require insurance companies to pay for routine examinations, preventive care, and screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies. Once again, how can you be insured against a sure thing? The only way my company can pay for a colonoscopy is to add enough onto the premium to pay for it, plus their overhead.
* Make Medicare more efficient, so tax dollars won’t enrich insurance companies. Insurance companies do not derive income from Medicare, because it is a federal program. Incidentally, its costs per patient have increased much faster than private insurance.
* Cut hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and inefficiency in federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid. These programs have been in effect over 40 years — and I’ve seen the waste and inefficiency for most of that interval. Did you just find out about the waste and inefficiency now, and why hasn’t something already been done about it?
You claim that:
* “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” But didn’t you just imply this week that Medicare Advantage subsidizes insurance companies and should be eliminated to save money?
* “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But large numbers of doctors have indicated that they will quit or retire if this plan is enacted
* “You will not be waiting in any lines.” Maybe you won’t but we will. Your plan will add up to 47 million new insureds, with no increase in the supply of primary care physicians that are already in short supply.
We physicians live with our healthcare system, all day and every day. We care about being able to heal. We hate disputing with insurance companies, and especially with government bureaucrats. Certainly changes in insurance practices are needed, and would have occurred long ago, absent a government record of 60 years of meddling with the market.
As you say, “…let’s disagree over issues that are real, and not wild misrepresentations” such as those in your op-ed, “that bear no resemblance to anything that anyone has actually proposed.”
And I agree, this is about America’s future: whether Americans will remain free, or be ruled by an increasingly intrusive and authoritarian statist government.
G. Wesley Clark, MD
Again, listen to what they say, but really pay attention to what they do.