Johnson weighs in on healthcare

The following is an op-ed from Senate Pro-Tem Eric Johnson:

As some politicians in Washington, DC and Atlanta propose to spend more money on health care, taxpayers need to grab hold of their wallets. The ramifications are staggering. It is time to speak the truth about health care costs and work together on substantive reforms that lower costs and increase access. Government solutions do the opposite. They provide only short-term relief to isolated groups at the expense of healthy, working taxpayers.

5 comments

  1. IndyInjun says:

    The way to reform here is to eliminate private health insurance for all but catastrophic coverage and eliminate third party payment that insulates consumers from providers.

    If one wants health insurance, go back to the 60’s and 70’s way whereby the patient pays the doctor and files for reimbursement from his insuror.

    And finally, don’t go passing any %^#$%^%#^$ ‘tax reform” like the “FAIR???”tax that would be charged on insurance premiums, even employer-paid premiums, that are exploding at double digit rates, far outracing single digit wage increases.

    Mr. Johnson’s leadership is needed to figure out solutions to the crisis he identifies.

  2. Common Sense says:

    “work together on substantive reforms that lower costs and increase access”

    I want my tax cuts and expanded care!

  3. Inside_Man says:

    Indy,

    HDHPs coupled with HSAs do just what you propose, up to a personal out of pocket limit of $1,100 annually for an individual, $2,200 for a family plan. The tax benefit and potential for a yield bearing account only maximize the benefits associated with this form of consumer driven health care. With a federal personal tax credit for individually purchased plans, we’d be well on our way to a functional, efficient health care delivery system. As John Goodman, father of Health Savings Accounts says, you won’t start reducing costs until you make people choose between health care and other uses of their money. Consumer driven options do just that.

  4. heyandrew says:

    Health Care premiums would be a lot easier to handle if it were linked to ability to pay, rather than some figure thought up by the insurer, where is the fairness in that?

    Why should someone on $18,000 a year, pay the same as someone on $180,000? Insurance companies make you complete a question and answer session, similar to an application to join the intelligence services, to ascertain whether you have any predetermined ailments, which will prevent you from taking up their insurance, yet why not include ability to pay, by supplying a copy of your W2?

    How on earth can Americans control their own destiny, when it is taken away from them, by a Health Care system akin to an old dinosaur eager to feed itself on increasing its costs, rather than to cater for the consumer.

    By making Health Care unattainable, you are consigning people to an early grave, when the very system seeking to prolong life is actually in certain circumstances, ending it prematurely, purely down to inaccessibility. It is treating citizens as non-persons, their ailments and financial wellbeing forfeiting their rights to exist.

    As someone whom was on under $18,000 and paying almost $300 a month in health insurance premiums, thanks to the ludicrous COBRA system, I regard the ineffectual role of Democrats and Republicans on this issue as beneath contempt.

    When it costs almost $600 for a one mile drive to the emergency room in an ambulance and another $631 for one hours treatment in that same E.R, followed by a daily barrage of phone calls from collection companies demanding payment, because the local hospital screwed up my insurance details, I have to wonder do politicians wish to actually achieve Health Care reform or are they just content to be like a clown riding a unicycle round and round a circus ring, eager for attention, but never actually going anywhere.

    It is time for Democrat politicians in Georgia to actually stand up and make their voices heard in the state assembly and for prospective candidates, to actually voice a vision regarding a reform of the current Health Care system rather than act as gutless wonders, feeling free to fiddle while Rome burns.

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