Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Organic Roots

One of the most dishonest aspects of the Democrats attempt to cram down health care reform is their oft-repeated argument that the only alternative to their plan is the status quo. In fact, there are a plethora of proposals out there that seek to address what currently ails the health care system that don't require taxpayers to bend over for an invasive procedure from Doctor Government (this'll only hurt a lot).

The latest comes courtesy of a Brooks Brother-wearing, Nazi-sympathizing, mob-organizing businessman greedy profiteer in today's WSJ:

While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction--toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:

*Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).

*Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits.

*Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.

*Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover.

*Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

*Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost.

*Enact Medicare reform.

*Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren't covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

The running-dog wrecker continues by looking at the question of whether we have a right to health care:

Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care--to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter?

Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America

Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.

Mis Disinformation! Something smells fishy here! Alert Linda Douglass! This anti-American villian must be stopped!

Oh yeah, the guy who penned this piece is Mr. John Mackey co-founder and CEO of one of those bastions of conservative corporate capitalism...

...Whole Foods Market Inc. Put that in your environmentally-friendly reusable tote bag for future reference when one of your progressive friends tells you that President Obama's way is the only path to health care reform.

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