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[3 Main Talking Points] [10 Health Care
Reform Facts] [Sign Slogans]
3 Main Talking Points for Health Care Tea Parties
Americans should be in control of their medical decisions, not government
and third party payers who will ration care for politics and profit.
(relevant points: rationing, comparative effectiveness, pay for performance,
EMR, Congresss unkeepable promises, Politicization of health care.
Cookbook medicine, one size fits all medicine, Health Care Fed).
Government should reserve public finding of health care for poor and provide
tax breaks to all for private health care. (relevant points: government
debt on children, unfunded liability of Medicare, Tax breaks for individual
purchase, HSA/HDHS, Public option.)
Patients should decide how much to pay for routine annual medical care
and reserve health insurance for rare catastrophic events. (HSA/HDHP,
Private Contracting of patient with doctor, medical inflation, Market forces
as means to improve quality and lower costs, ending certificate of need laws,
interstate purchase of health insurance).
10 Facts for Health Care Reform
Medical Inflation is Caused by Control of Health Care dollars by Big
Government and Big Insurance Corporations. Medical Costs are out of control
due to payment of medical services by third party payers - parties that are
outside of the patient physician relationship. Only by paying directly for
routine annual medical care can Americans drive down the costs of health
care. When Consumers tell doctors and hospitals to justify the need for every
test, treatment and procedure and their costs medical costs
will drop. When Patients rarely have severe sickness and accidents, they
can be 100% covered by low cost, high deductible catastrophic health insurance.
Also, citizens are forbidden from buying lower cost, but just as valuable,
health insurance from other states. This drives insurance costs up and must
be stopped. States should also refrain from mandating unneeded benefits like
acupuncture, chiropractic care and hair prostheses into insurance plans as
this drives up costs and make consumers buy coverage for things they do not
The Government is Making Health Care Coverage Promises it Cant keep.
The Government cant afford the Medicare, Medicaid or SCHIP programs
but is asking the taxpayers and their children (through debt) to pay for
health care for tens of millions of more Americans. Medicare is effectively
Bankrupt as there are not enough funds from Medicare taxes to cover costs.
Since 2007, Medicare has required funds from general taxes to cover costs.
Medicare would require $84 trillion to covered all American lives now to
be covered in the future. This debt has nothing backing other than paper
IOUs in a filing cabinet in West Virginia. Americans will have to borrow
from China to pay for their health care and leave their children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren with crushing debt. Against all Reason, Congress
seeks to add substantially to this debt possibly through a public
option to purchase health insurance which has bee estimated to drive
about 120 million Americans from private health insurance to the government
rolls. There is a better way.
Myths and propaganda are being used to justify the wrong kind of health
system reform while real problems and real solutions are ignored. Of
the 46 million uninsured Americans claimed, 9.7 million are not
even Americans. 16 million can afford health insurance but choose not to
buy it while only about 8 million are chronically uninsured. Medical costs
account for only about 5% of bankruptcies. Americans receive the best medical
care in the world and claims of 1/2 the proper care are based
in pseudoscience and false definitions of quality. All Americans are guaranteed
medical care if they go to an Emergency room regardless of ability to pay.
Insured patients are far more likely to use an emergency room than uninsured.
Myths and propaganda are designed to create a crisis mentality
to give politicians and big corporations an excuse to take more power to
Rationing is the only way to control costs if third parties control all
of health care financing. As more money for medical care is placed in
the hands of government and big insurance companies, they will resort to
rationing. Big Corporations are likely to gain near monopoly power and will
have little competition to incentivize them to have only a fair profit. They
will have big government on their side to keep competitors down and hand
them more power over medical care. In the end, rationing will be used to
generate profit levels that cant be achieved in a truly competitive
market. The Government will ration because they wont be able to afford
all the medical care that is demanded. This will occur through hard rationing
created by the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness who will determine
what treatments are justified based on cost. Soft rationing will occur as
people die waiting for treatments that save and extend life.
Universal Coverage by health insurance is neither achievable nor necessary
while Universal Access to medical care is. There is no need for every
American to own health insurance. Efforts have failed many times in this
country, most recently in Massachusetts where 3% of its citizens remain uninsured
despite a mandate for all to buy health insurance. Proponents admit that
they use the goal of Universal Coverage to justify expansion
of government and corporate control of medical care and worry how to pay
for it later. Far more important is the ability to see a physician or receive
care in a hospital when needed. Many patients with Coverage (e.g.
Medicaid) cant access medical care because the plans dont pay
fair market value for the services sought. They thus wait to see specialists
in remote cities and over-utilize the ER for basic medical care. When patients
are economically secure and in control of their own health care financing,
they are far more likely to be able to access medical care when they need
An Individual mandate to buy health insurance is a slippery slope to
socialized medicine and leads to many unintended consequences. The state
of Massachusetts has mandated all of its citizens to buy health insurance
and applies a tax penalty to those who dont. This has been accompanied
by vastly prolonged waits to see a primary care doctors since the low
cost plans created by government for coverage dont pay for the
cost of services. Public hospitals who see indigent patients are in severe
financial trouble. The State is creating cookbook medicine and rationing
protocols to control costs. They are requiring bailout money from Washington
D.C. and placing increasing burdens on taxpayers to make end meet. This system
is likely to be proposed by Congress this summer and cant be allowed
Doctors will be forced to comply with government rationing protocols through
use of cookbook medicine and electronic medical record systems. The
government and insurance companies want to tell your doctor what medical
care to provide and what care not to provide to patients. They are creating
best practice and pay for performance protocols that
dont help patients. They are then creating report cards
to grade how well doctors comply with the cookbook. They seek to financially
penalize doctors who dont comply with the protocols. To get good grades,
for these cookbook protocols doctors and hospitals have been shown avoid
sicker and riskier patients, game the system, and use the cookbook
protocols for the wrong patients as they case a wide net. The poor and minorities
are harmed even more strongly by these approaches. Doctors and nurses must
take valuable time away from patients to enter data into computers for the
third parties to create the grades. Pop-up computer windows will slow doctors
down as they are programmed to force a doctor to follow the cookbook. These
expensive Electronic medical record systems drain money from actual patient
care and are security risks for private patient information.
Medical Care will only get better under a free market system. The
many miraculous advances in medicine over the last century have arisen because
they were motivated by seeking an honest profit for their creation. While
scientific work and altruism motivated many initial discoveries, companies
seeking to grow their businesses brought us things like: Miracle drugs, advanced
medical imaging, spinal implants and joint replacement hardware, brain and
heart pacemakers, cancer drugs and radiation treatment. More innovations
in genetics, medications, surgery and early diagnosis can be ours if we let
the free market engine of the American economy work its same magic. Under
current proposals, government seeks to remove the profit motive for medical
care and insurance companies seek to provide only basic medical care as they
collect premiums and deny care. This will cause the science and technology
of medicine to Stall at the year 2010. Furthermore, when patients
privately contract with their doctor for medical care, they can force prices
down and force doctors to spend more time with them. This will drive down
costs, increase quality and patient satisfaction. Also, doctors and business
should be granted the freedom to open up focused and lower cost medical
facilities that patients want and certificate of need laws should
change as they grant hospitals protection from competition that can drive
down costs and increase variety and quality of services.
Government and private charities have the capacity to take care of the
poor. What about the poor? There will always be those with lower incomes
that need help to receive needed medical care. Americans are generous and
if freed from crushing tax and debt will fund charity care
which was common prior to the creation of Medicare. The government should
also help pay for those of lower incomes directly and help others with government
reinsurance of insurance plans for high risk patients.
The tax code needs to be changed to grant Medical financial power to
Americans, not to force Americans to act against their interests or grow
the size of government. Tax treatment of medical costs are a relic of
World War II when the government fixed how much workers could make on the
job. To retain workers, corporations were allowed tax breaks if they provided
health insurance. However, since that time individuals have been forbidden
from getting the same tax break for insurance if they bought insurance outside
of work. This has caused insurance companies to sell insurance to employers
not directly to consumers. The tax code should be changed to ensure
every American gets a tax credit for indivudal and family health insurance
converage. Lower income Americans can have a more generous credit as a voucher
to purchase health insurance. Tax benefits of Health Savings Accounts and
high deductible health insurance should be protected and expanded.
Sign Slogans for tea parties
No government run medicine
No socialized medicine
No corporate medicine
Patients in Charge
My Doctor Works for Me!
Government - Keep Your hands off my health care.
I can control my health care dollar better than any insurance company.
I can control my health care dollar better than government.
Help the poor, I can take care of myself.
I cant afford everyone elses health care.
My HSA has saved me money
My HSA makes my doctor listen.
46 million uninsured who are you kidding?
A bankruptcy every 30 seconds? Do the MATH it cant be
Dont tax my soda pop to pay for health care.
Dont ration my care.
Dont ration my care bro!
I dont want a cookbook doc - I want a real doc!
Cookbooks are for chefs not doctors.
No committees in the operating room.
I dont want to wait for my surgery.
More Cancer Survivors in the US than Britain.
Cut my health Care Tax Dont raise it.
40 years of
Government and Big Insurance
We Tried it Your way
It Didnt work!
I want insurance from ANY state.
I dont use my insurance to change my oil, I dont need insurance
to see my doctor.
Medicare - $84 trillion reasons to say not to governor health care
Oxymoron: Efficiency Government Medicine.
Want Government Medicine: move to Canada.
If America Socializes Medicine where will Canadians go?
Socialized Medicine American Style!
The Nurse Should Talk to me NOT A COMPUTER!
The Doctors Should Look At me Not the computer!
Electronic Medical Records Threaten My Privacy!
I am my doctors boss- not a committee
I am my doctors boss not a computer.
Computer care or Doctor Care You Choose.
Congress Dont make Health Care Promises You Cant Keep!
Congress We wont let you mess up my Medical Care!
Big Insurance I am sick of it!
My doctor reports to me not congress.
Why die waiting for heart surgery?
My Dollar, My Doctor, My Decisions
Cant see your doctor thank Congress!
Expensive Health Insurance a Mandate I can live without!
I cant wait a year to see my doctor.
Government help the poor. We can do the rest.