Wednesday, July 01, 2009

We Can Have Real Healthcare Reform

Many times Obama has given us a window into his real agenda. The "spread the wealth" comment was the one we learned the most from. But as far as health care goes, Newt Gingrich noticed this chilling tidbit from Obama:

President Obama said something at his White House healthcare event last week that offers a disturbing hint of our future under his vision of health reform.

He suggested one way to save costs is not to spend on procedures that “evidence shows [are] not necessarily going to improve care” for the sick and the dying.

“Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller,” the President said.

Newt wonders:

Maybe. But the question is, who decides?

The answer is not the patient, nor the family, it will be a government bureaucrat.

That is the chilling reality of Obamacare.

It’s his choice, not yours. Surgery costs too much. Make do with the painkiller.

Newt Gingrich goes on:

I have spent the past six years since founding the Center for Health Transformation studying our healthcare system, and finding out what works and what doesn’t work.

I’ve spoken to literally thousands of doctors, patients, hospital administrators and other health professionals. There is widespread agreement over steps we could take now to deliver more choices of greater quality at lower cost to every American.

But instead of focusing on creating a bipartisan consensus, President Obama and his allies have introduced the Trojan Horse of a “public option” in health reform.

And if you aren't frightened yet, try this:

The private insurance market would gradually disappear. And if you think this is an irrational fear, listen to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a supporter of the public option. Rep. Schakowsky proudly says that private insurers “have every reason to be frightened” by a government plan, because it is a “strategy for getting [to a single-payer system], and I believe we will.”

There is a misconception out there that there are no better plans being put forward. There are. Read the whole article to see the plan that Newt feels both Republicans and Democrats can agree on to bring costs down in healthcare without handing it over to the government.