Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk - 11/30/2009

Healthcare Freedom or Healthcare Bureaucracy?

The U.S. Preventive Task Force caused quite a stir recently when they revised their recommendations on the frequency and age for women to get mammograms. Many have speculated on the timing for this government-funded report, with the Senate vote on health care looming, and cost estimates being watched closely. Just the hint that the government would risk women’s health to cut costs is causing outrage on both sides of the aisle.

Even the administration is alarmed at its own panel’s recommendation. One official, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius told women to ignore the new guidelines, keep doing what they are doing and make the best decisions for themselves after consulting with their doctors.

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  1. whatever kind of health care system we end up with, we are going to have some kind of rationing and outside decision making process as to how to allocate what are limited health care resources; the question is how is this country is going to ration health care fair & equitably...so while, according to Dr. Paul, "it is naive to think that recommendations by an authoritative government panel will never be used to deny services to people that want them", its also naive to think that some less than authoritative insurance company employee will never deny health services to people who need them.

  2. You're correct. Insurance companies already do currently ration healthcare by deciding what procedures they will pay for and which they will not. Fair or no, that's the way it is.

    I think that his point is that IF I had the money to buy those additional services that I can, and I would have to, under my current personal plan, but under Medicare that I wouldn't be allowed to. And the proposed system appears to be mirrored along those Medicare lines. I don't know if that assumption is correct, or how they would stop me from paying extra for what I want/need if I could afford to, but I certainly wouldn't want to have that option forced on me.

  3. there's no way i meant to be defending either version of the healthcare bills being considered, nor any government plan thats been mentioned...its just that our current system is broke and we have to find a way to fix it; if we disband the insurance companies, put the tort-free decision making in the hands of the healthcare profession (not the for-profit industry), and have it all run by the post office would give us a better system than we have now...

  4. Now that the dust has cleared, it seems that the recommendation was approved in Nov 2008 by a panel that was put together by the Bush Admin.