Reform health care by eliminating the ‘middle men’
September 17, 2009
To the Editor:
Most Americans are compassionate people. When our neighbors need help we seem to find a way to help. Even with our low population Grand County there are dozens of charities that do yeoman’s work. Our churches are active in helping out those in need. Individuals come to the aid of their neighbors. Grand County has help services as does the state.
Why then, when it comes to health care or any other compassionate need, should we look to the federal government to solve the “problem?” Why send our money to Washington to have someone distribute it, probably not to our neighbors, and only after scraping off a fat percent for themselves? All this while we haven’t even defined the problem – the first step toward solution. Health care is “too expensive” folks say. But why is it too expensive – don’t we need to define the causes? I don’t believe that the president or the Congress has done this.
This engineer-country boy would suggest that it is because there are too many organizations between us and our health professionals. It simply isn’t clear as to who the customer is. I’d suggest that we need to clear out the organizations that muddy the relationship and drive up the costs – state governments, federal government, lawyers, the AMA, insurance companies, drug companies and even the businesses we work for. They all have an axe to grind that may not be in our best interest.
I’d suggest that we are individually much more likely to shop around and find the best medical care, drugs and insurance for the lowest possible cost without all those organizations interfering. Let’s get old-fashioned competition back into the system by getting out the middle-men. And to those that believe that the “rich” will foot the bill I say FAT CHANCE.
It was Thomas Jefferson that said; “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
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