Health Care Reform: Bold Action -> Simple Message
DEMS HAVE TO MOVE DECISIVELY ON BOLD DECISIONS IN THEIR HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL AND PREVENT THE MEDIA TO TAKE THIS ISSUE AS A VEHICLE FOR VAPID PUNDITRY AND SPREADING GOP TALKING POINTS. THIS COMBINED WITH HONEST, SIMPLE AND CLEAR MESSAGING IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO ACHIEVE MEANINGFUL HCR.
It was quite eye-opening to hear a dialog abouton one “ ” show. The host and a POLITICO guest were ridiculing the complexity of Democratic Message explaining CoOPs and Exchanges while succeeded in its KILL by influencing the public with easy (may be false) catch phrases like “Socialism” “Big Spenders” & “Govt Control”.
The more they dance around this stuff – to keep the options open for political horse trading, the more stupid and unreliable the Democratic Party looks. It is pathetic to see the President reassuring the people that they will not lose their current insurance. The people do not care. They want results; they want their premiums reduced and the poor subsidized. They are misled by Health, Inc. lobby and their Congressional Tools. In the absence of quality debunking and straight forward messaging they have no choice but to fall prey to GOP propaganda machine.
The more the Prez and his Dems distort the agenda for political horse trading with the Dogs, sham Bipartisanship, and kissing up to vested interests for displaying fake inclusion – these soft talking points will kill the very spirit of a critical cause – which is to protect today’s and tomorrow’s children.
President should describe his agenda with clarity and simplicity without the clutter of dishonorable compromises. He should explain how the Public Ins Option will directly benefit the insured (probably more so) and uninsured poor (they just get the subsidized care). And yes the Public Option like Medicare will reduce the premiums. And yes, between the Public Option and Medicare, the Medicare doldrums can be addressed. This whole promise about how we will cut the legs of the PO (like reduced negotiating power) or kill it altogether by a fraud like Conradian CoOps, does not build confidence in the people who most need the HCR. By the way Mr. P and the supporting cast, the people will go bankrupt if bold implementation of PO and Immediate Cost Reduction is not undertaken. This can’t happen if the Govt continues to coddle the Health Inc. Oligarchy and assures them that their fleecing license will be untouched. If the payment schedules are not revised while reducing the overhead people will not get any relief from today’s rapacious premiums.
It is easy to mouth platitudes likeand record automation, but only bold action to rid the system of cobwebs and pests will bring relief now. Without this relief, the whole collection of the horror stories by the VP or frequent invocation of a few sad situations by the Prez will be nothing but hollow words. People have been led to believe that the relief will come now, not by a cost curve which bends in future. If the starting point (Day One) does not have a downshift – there will be no future if the current generation continues to be pilloried. If there is not a reduction in oppressive premiums on Day one, we shall be doomed to a sinking economy forever.
If Medicare is expanded to all comers it will expand the pool and reduce overall cost to the taxpayer and also pull Medicare out of its financial doldrums. Revised compensation practices alongside reduced are a must to extricate people from the debris they are caught in. If all the stake holders i.e. Doctors, Hospitals, Pharma & Eqpt Makers were willing to participate in a shared sacrifice while the country is in a deep slump and to rise with the tide as the tide builds up, real reform can happen.
The attempts on the hill to make sure that job one for the HCR bill is to protect the Private Insurance Oligarchy from real competition – is symptomatic of the Health, Inc. ownership of our legislators. What baffles me is the Doctors’, not all, acceptance of the current Health Care racket. Medicine is too noble a profession – to need pimps and touts to fleece and intimidate the clients. If we do not get this nobility from our Doctors, no real reform can happen. Of course those who feel they can make lot more money without participating in the system, can do so as free agents. And if the new system is so good, that no body will pay for their premier care, they should seek their fortunes in other countries – may be in a rising economy like China.
I would expect these pillars of society to champion this overhaul and make this Mafia like operation a thing of the past- so our people hail & hearty compete hard on the world stage. In this day and age this state of affairs will not earn a shining reputation for the US of A.