We owe it to ourselves to consider Congressman Roe's Healthcare Reform Bill memo, as our important concern, without reference to our biases, should be the message itself, not the messenger.
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When President Obama gave his speech on health care, he spoke as though the phrase personal responsibility did not exist.
Everyone knows that you cannot cure a sick anything -- patient or system - without a correct diagnosis. What is the diagnosis for sick, "broken" healthcare?
Do we have the right to make ourselves unhealthy? I would answer, Yes! That is part of being free.
Washington is guilty of management malpractice. Simply throwing more money into the waste of the middle will not fix health care.
What to ask our Representatives at town hall meeting, and in letters or emails.
Given a fundamentally flawed, unsupportable health care system, we need a new one rather than changing where some dollars flow and adding new dollars that we don't have in the first place.
We need an extended, all-media national dialogue, not violent, partisan town hall meetings in response to a Plan devised behind closed doors.
Complexity is considered bad in most business activities because it reduces efficiency and therefore costs money. In health care it is worse.
TennCare was a single payer approach that was tried in Tennessee in 1994. It nearly bankrupted the state, forced the governor to raise taxes, and ultimately required rationing care.
Do not accept the glowing rhetoric of the Bill's advocates or the equally passionate bombast of its opponents. Put aside your personal animus toward who is speaking for or against AAHCA.
Other countries are struggling with health care system problems as big as ours. I do not suggest that health care is insoluble.
Without a totally new health care system, cutting health care costs means reducing usage -- rationing. You have to decide just one thing: who will be the rationer?
ObamaCare is a boondoggle, plain and simple. It is a political approach coupled with a self-proclaimed solution for a medical problem. It is snake oil, not an evidence-based treatment.
Can you have a "right to health care" without any responsibility: both by paying for it and by being an active partner in it?
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