You can read the speech, here.
As of 8:30 AM on September 10, there’s not much comment from the AMA or other powerful, interested observers. I wonder if, like me, they’re waiting to see the actions that result from the speech?
Here are my own(Beverly Nuckols) thoughts after the speech:
Quality, timely, or cheap medicine: Pick two. If you think you can have all three, please, tell Walmart how to do it.
The President is still talking about mandating that everyone buy insurance. He still ties it to employers and there is no mention of tax breaks for individuals who buy their own insurance. (Will companies still be forced to ensure dependents, and will “children” include adults to the age of 26?)
Instead, we hear about fines and new taxes, and more negative comments about profit-seeking companies and “the wealthiest Americans.”
First, show me the wording in the actual proposed Bill, give me time to read and understand it and reassure me that you’ve read it. Will that wording be clear on the various promises?
Second, let’s get this straight: tax cuts don’t cost the government, taxes cost the taxpayers. If the government wants more money, give incentives to those who earn money that you tax. Don’t punish them by taxing them at higher rates! If the government has less, the government should do what the rest of us do: cut what you spend!
It seems illogical to me to tax insurance companies for offering “the most expensive plans.” These are plans that people decide to buy for themselves. The only result of such a tax would be to kill the “expensive plans.”
If the government mandates well care for everyone, there will not be enough manpower or other resources for sick care. If you mandate the addition of both numbers of people and services to the health care that is paid for not only by private funds but public funds, you will increase costs and demand.
Show me the “patient safety trials” that will decrease defensive medicine. As to the tort reform and “trials” to allow doctors to practice with less concern about lawsuits, I suggest that the President simply look at Texas since our own tort reform passed in 2005.
President Obama promised that abortion will not be funded by federal funds and that the current conscience laws will remain in place. Does this mean that no mandates for private insurance to cover abortion will be allowed? Does this mean that he will enforce the conscience laws that exist?
We must remember that the President signed an Executive Order in his first week to fund organizations that pay for abortions and referral for abortion overseas and who overturned the last Administration’s ruling to affirm the enforcement of conscience laws. What will he do in the face of the House’s passage of a Bill that will fund abortions in Washington, DC?
Cross-posted at Comal GOP blog.