The Nancy Pelosi Bureaucracy is Not the Answer to America’s Health Care Woes

If you have not seen the “flow chart” (it does not really seem to flow anywhere) of Nancy Pelosi’s health care plan that passed the House on November 7, you need to. (You can find the link to the chart in the resource box for this article). This “flow chart” illustrates the value of the limited government approach to health care, and for that matter most every issue that faces society. As one lady said, “I thought a flow chart was supposed to flow not run you into a brick wall”.

Even if you work for a large corporation that is rife with bureaucracy you know the reaction that you would receive if you presented your boss with a two thousand page proposal accompanied by a flow chart that looks like the Pelosi “flow chart”. The problem is that Congress cannot avoid creating bureaucracies like the one they just created in HR-3962. Congress, rather than assigning a few key people to work on a plan which has the goal of enhancing the organization, is 535 people with only their own interests in mind. Each Congressman is trying to get his piece of the pie to take back home to his constituents in the next election.

You have probably seen the costs in your company’s health care plan grow over the past several years. No one will deny that something needs to be done to arrest the rising costs of health care. Ask yourself this question though, “when was the last time management at my company implemented a plan to solve a problem that did not create several other problems?” If you are honest you will have to answer that the solution always creates other problems, which in turn need to be solved. In your organization there are people who can create and implement the solution to the new problems immediately. Congress does not have that capability.

The problems you are facing today were created by government intervention in the health care system starting about a hundred years ago and accelerating in the middle part of the 20th century. Government has already taken 20 years or more to solve the problems that they initially created, and they are nowhere near finished yet. Adding more government bureaucracy is not the answer to the problems that government created in the first place. It may take another 20 years or more to move legislation through Congress to repeal past acts meddling with America’s health care system, but once that type of legislation is passed it enables the free marketplace to adjust and solve problems immediately. You will no longer have to suffer with the problems for decades before they can be dealt with by a solution that will cause more problems that will take decades to fix.

Take a look at the Pelosi “flow chart” and ask yourself, “is this brick wall really the answer to the health care crisis?” If you are honest with yourself you must certainly answer, “no way!”

The Health Care Crisis in a Faltering Economy

Many American’s are writing their health care out of their budget due to the uncertain economy. The Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a poll, which showed that 53 percent of participants said that they or someone in their family has cut back on health care because of the high costs associated with it. Especially for American’s who are out of work, not having coverage can send health care costs skyrocketing with bills piling up rather quickly. The poll also indicates that more people are turning to home remedies and over the counter drugs, as opposed to seeking the help of a physician. Lastly, more American’s are not filling prescriptions and/or avoiding medical tests or treatments in order to just get by.

A few things that will help you save money is to request your own records and do it well in advance of your doctors appointment, Take note of any changes you have had in the last six months and write everything down before your visit, so you don’t forget to ask any important questions. Essentially, get the most out of one appointment as possible. Ask your doctor for free samples of any prescriptions to help keep costs down and ask about cheaper generic alternatives to your current medications.

American’s do have an option to ask for financial help as many hospitals and clinics usually have financial assistance programs. Some doctors, like Feltheimer of New York Presbyterian, lowers his fees to $50.00 for patients’ who are out of work or uninsured. Many doctors will work out a payment schedules, so do not hesitate to ask what your physician’s policies are. People with chronic or debilitating disease such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, can access the Patient Advocate Foundation. They provide help negotiating with insurers and helps people get the most out of their health plan. There are no financial requirements to qualify, so call (800) 532-5274 to be assigned a case manager.