What I keep hearing from Washington is that we need to overhaul the system to insure the uninsured and improve the quality of healthcare for everyone. What happened to cost-containment? Wasn't that the primary objective?
If legislation is passed whose sole goal is to insure the unemployed and manage the quality of care, we are not only going to see increased costs for businesses and individuals, but we may even see the quality and timliness of care decrease. Here is what the healthcare reform should do:
#1 - Take measures to reduce the overall cost of healthcare in the U.S. Reform how litigation is handled to reduce the cost of malpractice insurance for those in the healthcare profession.
#2 - Build on the healthcare system we have today, instead of dismantling the foundation of private healthcare.
#3 - Focus on prevention communications on a national level.
#4 - Leave Medicare benefits alone, and not cut services to the elderly to fund a government plan.
#5 - Do not increase costs for businesses and individuals by taxing benefits on those who wish to elect private insurance. Wasn't the point to reduce the cost of healthcare?
#6 - Offer government health plans to qualified low-income U.S. citizens, especially children, at a subsidized cost through private insurers, similar to what is being offered in Massachusetts.
#7 - Do not discourage employers from continuing to provide healthcare benefits so that individual citizens can continue to provide their own healthcare.
The path that is being proposed is going to eliminate competition for private insurers, which will drive them out of business. The only option will be go to a public, government funded plan. The choices and quality that we currently have today in the best healthcare system in the world will be gone.
Originally, I thought healthcare reform meant that everyone could enjoy the same care with contained expenses. I am disappointed in the direction this is taking.