The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Militant Moderate

March 17, 2010

Health care myths


In actuality, the government already pays for almost half of American health care through Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration, Indian Health Service, and other programs.  Private health insurance covers only a little over one-third of the health care given in this country.  Most of this comes through employer based programs, which are subsidized through tax exemptions. 

Government is already deeply involved in health care, and there is no big, new “socialistic menace” contained in the new health care proposals. 

There is a myth that the new proposals will result in individuals losing their current private health care plans, and some of those folk are uneasy about change.  Assurances, repeatedly given, that this will not happen have not been heard clearly through the political smoke screen and cacophony of shouting voices. 

The truth is that private insurance plans through employers are getting increasingly expensive.  A recent survey of employers regarding the future of health insurance as it now exists is discouraging.  This poll shows that two-thirds of the company execs expect that their employee plans will have less coverage and will be more expensive.  More than half expect to increase employee share of costs in the form of deductibles and co-pays.  Twenty percent already screen for health conditions and 20 percent more expect to do so. 

These are the truths that should be worrying those who already have insurance.  What have they to fear about a government-facilitated option of a private insurance exchange open to their employer to keep down costs through competition?  Or, for that matter, what have they to fear about the offering of a “public option” similar to Medicare, which they could choose if their employer drops their plan?  That could really cut costs.  What’s wrong with that? 

Small groups and those who must buy coverage individually face real hardships in costs and in exclusions.  Small businesses, the self-employed, and individuals without groups can ill afford any policy with decent coverage.  They are the worst victims of this system.  What’s wrong with helping these with options, and those who have no insurance at all? 

Text Only
Militant Moderate
  • Mugwump on Arizona

    How many of us one-time history scholars recall the term “mugwump?”

    May 12, 2010

  • Gleanings frm cyber world

    Some of the material encountered in cyber space, either floated or directed by messaging, is quite airy, amusing, or really funny.  Other material is quite inspirational.  Still other gleanings prove to be informative and educational. 

    May 6, 2010

  • The good, bad and ugly

    The bad and the ugly in state politics have been readily observable to the Oklahoma public, and lately even to the nation at large.  But the good has been more difficult to discern within the Oklahoma legislature.

    April 29, 2010

  • Tea Party Enigma

    April 26, 2010

  • Militia: Near and Far

    Recalling anti-tax rhetoric of the past

    April 20, 2010

  • Dr. No

    A few doctors give the impression that they think they are gods.  Nearly everyone has known one or two.  It appears that Oklahomans may have one of those as U. S. Senator. 

    April 13, 2010

  • The fringe of the tea wagon

    Two fringe movements have been spotlighted in the news lately.

    April 7, 2010

  • All Tea Party

    “We are all Tea Party here,” declared Sarah Palin appearing with John McCain at a recent rally supporting his re-election as senator from Arizona. 

    March 30, 2010

  • Health care myths

    Who has not heard the Republican rhetoric about the health care proposals in Congress?

    March 17, 2010

  • Broken government

    “Our government is broken,” say some politicians and pundits.  If indeed this condition exists, then its “breaking” must have been an event.

    March 10, 2010