I watched Obama’s speech last night. His goals were noble, but not realistic. First, according to his estimates that 500B could be saved by eliminating wastes in our current Medicare and Medicaid programs. This amount of money then can be used to support Universal Health Care he proposed without increase taxes. If his words were true, then why not save those 500B first to demonstrate that government really can deliver.
Remember, he promised the unemployment will be limited to 8% in summer during his various bail-out speeches. Right now, we are at 9.5% unemployment. And with one estimate, we are actually at 16% national wide.
Government, by its own very nature, is just not suited for certain jobs. For example, every time I visited US Post Office, no matter how long the line it was, and no matter how full its parking lot for their back office people was, there were only two Postal workers at the front desk working very hard to shrink the line. At FedEx and UPS stores, it was entirely different. More people will show up to serve and the line is always short and sweet.
Therefore, I kind of agreed with the Republican response to his speech with my additions, of course.
1) let us reform the health care system together, step by step.
2) no pre-conditions denial by the insurance companies
3) universal health insurance for our kids
4) practice preventive medicine more
5) reform mal-practice law (We need some safe guards, but not at current levels)
6) and please, no public (ie., government) option in any form or shape
In addition, no coverage for illegal immigrants . Of course, some of them are decent and hard working folks, but they are “illegal” nevertheless. No Medicare and Medicaid for those who have never worked in the USA and never paid our taxes for 10 years. Home makers are exempt because their spouses work.
Finally, President, Congress men and women should not have their own health care plan. They should shop in the open market, just like all of us do.
I am concerned a) Where is the money? b) I don’t like someone else (including government) spend other people’s money.