I guess this is part of Obama fulfilling his government transparency campaign promise. Don’t ask me how I got on their list, but every now and then I get emails from the White House. A recent one was to spread the real truth about Obama-care.
It is signed by David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama and directs me to various websites and provides 3 separate ‘lists of eight’ (eight must be an auspicious number -I’ll have to research that one!):
- 8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage
- 8 common myths about health insurance reform
- 8 Reasons We Need Health Insurance Reform Now
Here is my response to David Axelrod’s email concerning health care.
Dear Mr. Axelrod,
Thank you for the websites debunking health care myths. I will study them and decide for myself who is lying and distorting what.
One thing however, that would make all lawmakers jobs easier (not to mention transparent!) would be if ALL BILLS PROPOSED WERE WRITTEN IN LAYMAN’S TERMS, i.e., PLAIN ENGLISH, NOT GOVT-SPEAK! I have tried to read and make sense of House Bill 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009” (1037 pages if I recall) and it’s difficult at best and honestly downright impossible to follow. This is probably intentional and if not it shows how out of touch Congress is with the American people.
Now simply stated, here are 3 easy things if implemented would really cut down on the ballooning cost of Health Care:
1) TORT REFORM. You have got to give Doctors a reason not to practice defensive medicine. The American Trial Lawyers Association won’t like this (whoops I’m sorry, that’s most of Congress isn’t it?) but you cannot control costs without it.
2) NO FREE TREATMENT FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. It’s humane to provide care for illegal immigrants, but they must pay for it.
3) INSTITUTE A NOMINAL CO-PAY SYSTEM. Anyone receiving any health care will pay a nominal co-pay fee for services rendered. This will drastically cut down on frivolous visits to hospitals, ERs, doctors, clinics, etc., and can go toward covering or subsidizing those who cannot pay for insurance.
Your friend, Michelle Kerr